Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) has transformed the property scenario of India and is bringing new developments every step. Since the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act is very new, therefore it’s subject to amendments and modifications by each State Government.
In order to be a better regulatory authority in India, every state RERA is ensuring that buyers’ interests are protected and they don’t suffer any issues like possession delays, cheating, scams, etc.
About 1,600 projects and 3,000 agents have registered under in the state after the RERA Act was implemented in July last year.
With the recent updates following RERA, the latest is about RERA Karnataka making it now illegal to buy or sell property which is not registered with RERA.
For both new projects and ongoing projects, the Karnataka Government has banned all sub-registrar offices in the state from registering flats or plots, if buyers/sellers don’t specify the RERA registration number.
According to the recent news by TOI, Inspector General of Registrations and Commissioner of Stamps, KV Trilok Chandra said that RERA Registration Number is mandatory to fix guidance as it is necessary to evaluate stamp duty and registration fee. Without fixing a guidance value, registration cannot happen. Else it’ll be considered illegal.
This decision has been taken after the state experienced an intense pressure from homebuyers to regulate the real estate sector. Since many unethical builders and property developers were selling properties without getting projects registered with RERA Karnataka.
With this new rule being set up, builders can no longer deceive buyers by selling half-built flats stealthily and get the property registered in the name of consumers. This rule will also force builders to register ongoing projects with RERA and thereby contribute to the protection of the consumers in case of any problem.
Since registration with RERA was mandatory, therefore, the stricter application of the authorities for quoting the registration number is only going to make the lives of homebuyers much more sorted and easier.
In reference to Section 59 of RERA Act, Section 45 of RERA Karnataka prescribes the punishment against any act committed in violation of provision Section 3 of RERA Act which states about the Prior registration of real estate project with Real Estate Regulatory Authority.
(1) No promoter shall advertise, market, book, sell or offer for sale, or invite persons to purchase in any manner any plot, apartment or building, as the case may be, in any real estate project or part of it, in any planning area, without registering the real estate project with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority established under this Act:
Provided that projects that are ongoing on the date of commencement of this Act and for which the completion certificate has not been issued, the promoter shall make an application to the Authority for registration of the said project within a period of three months from the date of commencement of this Act:
Provided further that if the Authority thinks necessary, in the interest of allottees, for projects which are developed beyond the planning area but with the requisite permission of the local authority, it may, by order, direct the promoter of such project to register with the Authority, and the provisions of this Act or the rules and regulations made thereunder, shall apply to such projects from that stage of registration.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), no registration of the real estate project shall be required--
(a) where the area of land proposed to be developed does not exceed five hundred square meters or the number of apartments proposed to be developed does not exceed eight inclusive of all phases:
Provided that, if the appropriate Government considers it necessary, it may reduce the threshold below five hundred square meters or eight apartments, as the case may be, inclusive of all phases, for exemption from registration under this Act;
(b) where the promoter has received a completion certificate for a real estate project prior to the commencement of this Act;
(c) for the purpose of renovation or repair or re-development which does not involve marketing, advertising selling or new allotment of any apartment, plot or building, as the case may be, under the real estate project.
This all translates that for the purpose of this section, where the real estate project is to be developed in phases, every such phase shall be considered a stand-alone real estate project, and the promoter shall obtain registration under this Act for each phase separately.
However, this may be a great step for other states RERA to consider as well. In case, property dealers and real estate developers still fail to register the project, new or ongoing, this regulation may just be the solution needed.
Guess the builders need to be more alert from now on unless your state RERA launches it too!
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