For Vishesh Nag, 24, looking for a rented accommodation in Indirapuram has been nothing but a string of rejections. No residential society in the area is ready to give him a flat on rent, despite him being an urban professional. Being a single man in the city has left him with no option but to look for a house outside Indirapuram.
Nag, who is from Manali, Himachal Pradesh, works at a private firm in Sector 65, Noida. “Indirapuram was my first choice for getting a house on rent as it is close to my office. However, after looking through more than 10 housing societies in the area, I finally had to settle for a builder flat in Vasundhara. It is as if being single has become a curse,” he said. A builder flat refers to flats built on individual plots that are not part of any residential society.
In Indirapuram, large boards saying ‘Bachelor Tenants Strictly Not Allowed’ are now a common sight outside a number of highrise societies. The restriction is for both single men and women.
According to members of the Apartment Owners’ Association (AOA) in Indirapuram, the signs were put up after various incidents wherein single men and woman had created a ruckus in housing societies late at night.
“In an incident last year, a single women tenant living here started shouting at the security guards and created a scene at 1 am after she got drunk. There were also a few other incidents after which we asked them to move out and banned accommodation to unmarried people,” said Rakesh Sharda, president, Orange County apartments in Ahinsa Khand, Indirapuram.
According to real estate agents, looking for a rented home in Indirapuram for single men and women has now become limited to individual plots and builder flats.
“Facilities in builder flats cannot match those provided in a residential society, hence many prefer such societies. The reluctance to give houses on rent to single people also leads to losses for us because even if a single person is ready to pay for a flat in a society, they are rejected and have to settle for cheaper ones out of the residential complexes. This means lesser commission for us,” said Vikas Sehgal, a real estate agent in Indirapuram.
However, legal experts say that under the law every citizen has the right to live wherever they want.
“These conditions by residential societies can be challenged in the court because no law allows any residential complex to make such rules banning a certain section of the society. If a married person creates a ruckus, no society would ban families from taking houses on rent in their premises,” said SK Pal, a lawyer in the Supreme Court.
Members of Federation of AOA (Fed-AOA) said that proper screening and verification of tenants should be done to avoid untoward incidents.
“Societies should not generalise regarding single people and should follow a proper screening and verification process prior to taking tenants,” said Alok Kumar, chairman of Fed-AOA, Ghaziabad.