New Maharashtra Housing Bill to make flat-buying transparent

Press Trust of India Mumbai | Updated on November 16, 2017 Published on April 11, 2012


The Maharashtra Housing (Regulation and Development) Bill, which was introduced in the Legislative Assembly today, aims at protecting the interest of flat purchasers and usher in transparency and discipline in transaction of flats by putting a check on malpractices.

It also proposes to repeal the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act and establish Housing regulatory authority and Housing Appellate Tribunal for ensuring effective implementation of the law.

Minister of State for Housing, Mr Sachin Ahir said the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act of 1963 was made to prevent malpractices of promoters or developers of properties during the time when there was acute shortage of housing in several areas of the State.

After a lapse of more than four decades, the housing activities have stabilised, and there is a need for continuous control and monitoring.

He said the existing rules are not effective in protecting the interest of flat purchasers and promoters would avoid the statutory obligations imposed on them.

The aggrieved flat purchasers could only approach the consumer forum or civil courts for acts of omission or commission of provisions of the act.

He said the new Bill aims to protect the interests of the flat purchasers.

Establishing the Housing Regulatory Authority and the Housing Appellate Tribunal will help promote planned and healthy development, construction, sale, transfer and management of flats, residential buildings.

The Bill also proposes to protect public interest in relation to conduct and integrity of promoters and other persons engaged in the development of flats and facilitating smooth and speedy constructions and maintenance of such properties.

Published on April 11, 2012
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