Citizens' Issues
Compensate Buyers for Delayed Delivery

The Karnataka State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has asked a builder, who failed to deliver flats to buyers in time, to compensate. “The house rent prevailing in the open market for a two-bedroom well-furnished house is between Rs12,000 and Rs15,000 per month. Had the developers executed the sale deeds in time, the complainants could have avoided paying rent. So the company is liable to pay compensation by way of rent from January 2009 till realization,” the bench of Justices K Ramanna and GT Vijayalakshmi said. The developer has also been directed to pay Rs5,000 each to the two complainants towards litigation expenses.

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High-rises Lacking Fire Safety Systems

The Gujarat High Court directed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to take action against eight high-rise residential buildings (Rewati Towers) in the Satellite area. The Court ordered action after the builders failed to install fire safety systems and follow other construction bye-laws. The builders had been ordered by the court to equip the buildings with fire protection and prevention systems, besides widening their gates to enable fire engines to enter the premises.

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Video-recording of Registration Process

The stamp duty and registration department (Mumbai) will introduce measures to curtail many complaints against sub-registrars by property-owners over recording of agreements of sale, gift, Will and mutations, at their residences. A sub-registrar can register agreements at the residence of buyers/sellers if they are on their deathbed or are physically unfit. The inspector-general of registration issued a circular that sub-registrars must audio/video record the registration process on house visits.

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