Noida buyers want registration done on carpet area basis, allege RERA violation
Buyers said that the Uttar Pradesh stamps and registration department is still executing registration of properties on the basis of super area, instead of carpet area, which is not in compliance with RERA and is also burdening buyersUpdated: Aug 05, 2017 22:15 IST
Homebuyers in Noida and Greater Noida areas are upset with the Uttar Pradesh government for not executing registration of flats based on carpet area, as per the Real Estate Regulatory Act, 2016 (RERA).
Buyers said that the Uttar Pradesh stamps and registration department is still executing registration of properties on the basis of super area, instead of carpet area, which is not in compliance with RERA and is also burdening buyers.
Carpet area is the space contained among the inner faces of the walls. The super area includes spaces outside the walls, such as balcony, and other common areas such as clubs, shafts and elevator area.
Homebuyers said that builders cheat buyers on the basis of super area and charge them extra money, for the space reserved for lifts, balcony, passageways and clubs in the building.
“For example, if one buys a 1,200 sq ft apartment at the rate of Rs5,000 per sq ft (Rs 60lakh), the actual area or the size of the apartment would be just 900 sq ft, with no exact specification of the super area, for which one paid Rs15 lakh. As per RERA, a builder cannot use the super area now. If the state government continues to flout the law, we will protest,” said SK Nagrath, a retired army official and the president of Jaypee Aman flat owners’ welfare association.
A delegation of homebuyers from NCR on Friday met with Kamini Chauhan Ratan, inspector general of registration and the commissioner stamps, Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow, and sought her intervention.
“We demanded that the Uttar Pradesh stamps and registration department should immediately start executing registration of flats on the basis of carpet area without further delay. Why should a buyer pay stamp duty on common areas? Why is the UP government imposing unnecessary stamp duty in the guise of the super area when the Central government has approved RERA and the state has adopted the same,” Rajesh Purohit, a member of NCR homebuyers’ association, who met with Ratan in Lucknow, said.
Officials of the Gautam Budh Nagar stamps and registration department said they will allow registration of flats on the basis of carpet area instead of super area, once they get the necessary approvals from the state government.
“Our meeting with senior officials, including Kamini Chauhan Ratan, on this issue is scheduled for July 9 in Lucknow. We hope for a clear direction to be given in the meeting. Once we get the nod from top officials to execute registration on the basis of carpet area, we will implement the same,” said GP Singh, deputy inspector general (DIG), stamps and registration department, Gautam Budh Nagar district.
Many homebuyers are waiting for clarity on the issue to execute the registration of flats.
“My brother got the registration of his flat executed on the basis of the super area only last week. It is unfair that the UP government is levying unwanted stamp duty on buyers, in violation of the law,” Nagrath said.
If implemented, the move is expected to benefit around three lakh homebuyers in Noida and around two lakh buyers in Greater Noida.
First Published: Aug 05, 2017 22:14 IST