Is it right for a builder to hike maintenance charges to get flats registered?
Is it right for a builder to hike maintenance charges to get flats registered?
Avishek Dubey
Is it right for a builder to hike maintenance charges to get flats registered?
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Is it right for a builder to hike maintenance charges to get flats registered?

Residents of RG Residency, a society in Sector 120, have alleged that they are being made to pay steeper maintenance charges by the builder. They say the builder has told them that their flats will not get registered if the hiked amount is not paid. 

Ironically, even after two years of being given possession, the builder has not completed the registration process. During a triparty meeting held last year in July, officials of Noida Authority had ordered the builder to start the process; and the builder had promised to get it completed by October 2017. However, as it turns out, the promise was hollow.

Dinesh Dewangan, a resident of RG Residency, told City Spidey that two years back the maintenance charge was Rs 1.5 for every square foot, but last year in July the builder had hiked it to Rs 3 per sq ft to be able to start the registration process. After several negotiations with the builder, the maintenance charge was brought down to Rs 2.7 per sq ft.

The society has 10 towers and more than 1,500 flats in which 700 families live. Of these, registration of more than 250 flats is stuck, as residents have refused to pay the hiked maintenance charges.

“Why should we even pay maintenance charges, as amenities such as the swimming pool, the tennis court and the clubhouse are non-functional. The builder was supposed to instal three lifts in each tower, but right now there are only two in each,” a frustrated Dewangan said.

When City Spidey tried contacting Deepak Gupta, director of RG Residency, he was unavailable for comment.