About 1,824 residential projects in the state were declared as “expired” due to exceeding completion dates set by the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA).
These projects will now require 51% of the buyer’s consent to ensure that appropriate completion dates are extended. 103 of these projects were completed on time in 2017, 541 next year and 1,180 in 2019.
According to an official, many projects were not completed, even after a one-year extension under section 6 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act. “All of these projects will now require the consent of 51% of the buyers in accordance with Section 7 (3) of the Act”.
Developers are now restricted to promotions-
Due to the Act, developers of these projects are prohibited from selling, advertising, or promoting them before applying for an extension. Of the 1,824 projects listed by MahaRERA as overdue or expired, 350 project renewals have been submitted. However applications of these projects are currently pending or under scrutiny.
MahaRERA has extended the deadline to September for projects that were supposed to be completed in March. “The rest of the projects had deadlines before 2020 year, when the pandemic hit,” a MahaRERA spokesman said. A majority of the projects are based in Pune, Mumbai, Thane and Raigad.
An additional 1,500 projects may be under the scanner since their deadline expired in March 2021. Developers of these projects may now benefit from a one-year renewal under RERA Section 6.
Strong message to arrogant developers-
The developers felt that the authorities should make decisions appropriately as the market was down and there were difficulties in getting documents on time.
Anuj Puri, Anarock Property Consultants chairman said, the MahaRERA’s decision was a strong signal for arrogant developers who were postponing projects. “Home buyers have been waiting to gain possession of projects for the past three years. The last year was unique as the pandemic resulted in disruptions in the supply chain and inaccessibility of buildings. The year 2020 should be considered as an exception.”
Credai Maharashtra President Sunil Furde said, “MahaRERA was right to point out the status of unfinished projects. However, many projects remain “unfinished” for technical reasons. The authorities need to consider and evaluate this aspect as well. In addition, the projects for Credai members listed on the portal were completed on time. The “completion certification” for these projects has been received from municipal corporations before the registered dates. There are projects that have been completed, but completion certificates were received later.”