The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has banned the sale of a total of 644 residential projects in Maharashtra. Several units were stopped due to late completion and delivery, with Pune accounting for almost 30%.
According to data released by MahaRERA, most of the blacklisted project developers are smaller players with less than 100 units per project. Apart from some projects of well-known developers in the region most of them belong to small developers. Approximately 85% of blacklisted projects had an average of 70 units in each project. Such a blacklisting means that the project cannot be advertised, marketed or sold in any condition.
The list also consists some of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) projects promoted by the state government.
Most apartments are sold!
Anarock real estate analysts report that 80% of the apartments in 644 projects have already been sold. According to MahaRERA, 16% of the projects were to be completed in 2017 and the rest were to be completed in 2018. Due to market size, Mumbai topped the list with 274 blacklisted projects, or about 43% of the total, followed by Pune with 29%. The rest are in smaller markets like Aurangabad, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Nashik, and others.
A developer in the region states the condition of small or new developers. He said “ the smaller developers are increasingly struggling with RERA compliance, e.g. proof of capital and due diligence for land. Banks, NBFCs and housing finance companies are often reluctant to lend capital to such agents for fear of low or inadequate securitization.
Anuj Puri, the chairman of Anarock, said, this move by MahaRERA is a strong signal for disobedient developers who are constantly delaying projects. Homebuyers have been waiting to take over home ownership since 2017 or 2018. In the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) there are at least 496 projects (launched in 2014 or earlier) that have been delayed or stalled so far, while in Pune almost 171 projects have been delayed or stopped.