Haryana seeks draft proposal on capping registration fee for Gurugram homebuyers
The Haryana government has directed the department of town and country planning (DTCP) in the city to draft a proposal for streamlining the registration of private apartment and cap the fees to be paid by individual buyers as administrative or miscellaneous charges. The decision was taken after the matter of registration and payment of administrative fees came up at the district grievance committee meeting on August 4, which was chaired by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The draft proposal by DTCP will form the basis on which a policy decision will be taken on registration of apartments and administrative fees to be charged from individual homebuyers. “The new policy will bring clarity on this issue and help us decide the administrative fees that developers can charge from homebuyers. Also, the new policy will have a penalty clause so that anyone violating the rules can be punished,” said RS Bhath, district town planner, Gurugram, who is preparing the proposal.
As per the town and country planning department, there are over 30,000 homebuyers in Gurugram, who want to get their flats registered but are facing difficulties due to various issues, including arbitrary fees allegedly demanded by developers.
The registration of the property at the district revenue office is needed for execution of conveyance (sale) deed between the developer (seller) and the homebuyer (purchaser). The administrative fee paid to developer is in addition to the stamp duty paid by the homebuyers as revenue fee to government.
The issue of administrative fees has become a bone of contention between the homebuyers and developers, especially after Gurugram district administration fixed the registration fees at ₹15,000 per apartment in April this year.
The issue was raised by the buyers in the Allottees Grievance Redressal Forum (AGRF) meeting in October 2017. Later, in July, the district town planner, Gurugram, issued a notice asking all the real estate companies to comply with the order.
The issue was flagged yet again on August 4 by the buyers, who alleged that the developers were not following the direction issued by the DTCP and were levying fees on them arbitrarily. They also alleged that the registration of flats had been kept in abeyance.
Bhath said that a meeting was held with developers after the AGRF meeting and they were directed to fix the timelines of registration of apartments pending with them. “This proposal will be finalised after a few more meetings with buyers and developers. The recommendations will be sent in the next two weeks. It will be in the interest of the public at large,” Bhath said.