The Noida authority on Wednesday said it has issued a public notice to builders and homebuyers, warning them against shifting to buildings for which an occupancy certificate is yet to be issued.
“Under the provisions of the building bylaws-2010 and the Uttar Pradesh Apartment Act 2010, no builder can hand over possession of residential units without obtaining an occupancy certificate (OC). The authority has observed that many builders, on the pretext of fit-outs, are handing over possession of houses illegally,” Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, chief executive officer of the Noida authority, said.
As Diwali is round the corner, many builders are in a rush to give possession to buyers without obtaining OC.
In the public notice, the authority further warned that stringent action will be taken against builders who are not adhering to the norms..
The authority has also urged homebuyers to check its website for updated lists of builders for whose projects occupancy certificates are being issued.
“We issue an OC for a building after a thorough inspection of the same. The authority checks if the building has a no-objection certificate from the fire department, environmental clearance and services such as lifts, electrical lines and building structure are in place. Living in an incomplete building can be hazardous,” Aggarwal said.
Homebuyers living in newly built group housing complexes without OC are miffed with the Noida authority for issuing the public notice.
“Builders and the authority have forced buyers to stay in incomplete buildings that do not have OC. The Noida authority, as a regulator, cannot shirk from its responsibility because it could have stopped builders from offering possession to buyers without OC. We have paid the total flat cost to the builder,” RK Shrivastava of Amrapali Sapphire in Sector 45 of Noida said.
Homebuyers remain confused on the course of action as they are not being given possession of housing units despite paying the cost for the same.
“Who should we approach for relief when a builder has delayed a project by three-four years? We have paid the total cost of the flat. Now, the builder is offering possession without obtaining OC for the building,” Chandni Mathur of Supertech’s Czar in Omicron sector of Greater Noida said.
The Greater Noida authority has already issued a notice to three builders for giving possession of flats without obtaining occupancy certificate for their projects.
“We have made it very clear to each builder that if they offer possession without obtaining OC, we will take strict action. Buyers should also note that the authority cannot provide basic civic amenities to them until an OC is obtained,” Deepak Aggarwal, chief executive officer of the Greater Noida authority, said