The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has issued letters to 85 local authorities, including collectors and municipal commissioners, in the state, asking them to survey realty projects in their limits and submit a report on unregistered schemes. This is being done to make sure that maximum number of projects gets registered.
After one-year completion of MahaRERA in May this year, the authorities had announced that they would focus on unregistered projects. While the registrations were largely from the main city areas, the focus was on the interiors of the state.
Earlier, MahaRERA had found 300 unregistered projects in the Pune and Mumbai region. Even after following up repeatedly with the developers of these projects, they had refused to register. Now, the authorities have written to the collectors and municipal commissioners in Pune and Mumbai to initiate action against them. “The letters have been issued to the developers of 92 projects after verification,” the officials said.
Meanwhile, MahaRERA has received over 9,000 emails giving details about unregistered projects. Of these, 7,000 emails were found to be valid. For enabling more people to register their complaints through emails, a detailed form is being readied by MahaRERA that will be out in the next 10 days, Prabhu added.
The penalty will be imposed on unregistered projects under Section 3 of RERA Act 2016. If any promoter fails to register as per the Act, s/he shall be liable to a penalty, which may extend up to 10% of the estimated cost of the project. “On continued violation, s/he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend up to three years or fine or both,” the officials said.
According to the norms, all the projects that have not received occupation certificate and are being sold or marketed must be registered with MahaRERA. The recent directive of the government also plans to bring tenanted or cessed buildings and tenants of such buildings under Rera.