For failing to hand over the possession of a plot and refund the booking amount, the district consumer disputes redressal forum, Chandigarh, has directed the developer to pay rs 50,000 as compensation for unfair trade practices and deficient services to Manimajra-based residents.
Disposing of a complaint filed by Satish Gour and his friend Dinesh Gautam, residents of Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, the forum directed real estate developer UK Homes Private Limited to refund `6 lakhs paid as booking amount along with 12% interest.
The forum, presided by Rajan Dewan, held, “The failure on the part of the developer to hand over the possession of the plot in question within the stipulated period or refunding the amount thereof to the complainants, despite requests, certainly amounts to deficiency in service and unfair trade practice.”
The developer would also have to pay `7,000 as litigation cost to the complainants.
Satish Gour and his friend Dinesh Gautam had jointly applied for a plot in February 2012 in the Capital Greens Housing Project floated by UK Homes Private Limited on Chandigarh-Patiala Road near Banur after paying rs6 lakh.
The complainants said at the time of booking the plot, the developer had assured them that the township would be developed and the possession of the plot would be transferred to them within one year from the date of booking.
Even after more than two years, the developed had failed to do so.
As the developer had failed to honour his promise, the complainants sought a refund of the booking amount.As none appeared on behalf of the developer, the case was taken up ex parte.