Nod to Real Estate Bill by Parliament; relief for home buyers

It will now be difficult for promoters and builders to delay projects, with Parliament on Tuesday giving nod to a bill which gives relief to home-buyers and proposes imprisonment of up to three years besides monetary penalties for any violation of rules.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2016 00:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Real Estate Bill,Parliament,Home buyers
The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013, approved by Lok Sabha on Tuesday, five days after its passage by Rajya Sabha, is designed to protect consumer interest, ensure efficiency in all property-related transactions, improve accountability of developers, boost transparency and attract more investments to the sector.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

There is good news for home buyers. Seven years after being in the works, the Parliament on Tuesday cleared the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) bill to regulate the sector and protect home buyers from land sharks.

The bill will go to the President and become a law after getting his assent.

Like in Rajya Sabha which passed the bill last Thursday, in the Lok Sabha too all parties except AIADMK supported the law on Tuesday.

Once the law comes into force, it will become mandatory for developers and agents to register all commercial and residential real estate projects where the land is over 500 sq. mt. or eight apartments with the real estate regulator before launching or selling a project/apartment.

While the law will cover all future projects along with those are stuck, promoters of ongoing projects would need to register, provide and upload all project details on the website of the regulatory authority.

A window of three months from the date of the commencement of the said clauses have been given to the promoters of ongoing projects for registration.

M Venkaiah Naidu, housing and urban poverty alleviation minister, tried to assuage concerns that ongoing projects would come to a standstill after the law comes into force.

“The Bill does not provide that the existing projects should stop all operations until complied with the provisions of the Bill... All that developers need to do is to specify project details of such apartments so that prospective buyers will make an informed choice, project status is known to all and ensure that the projects are completed on time. That is the need of the hour,” he said.

First Published: Mar 15, 2016 21:13 IST