Tata Housing Plans Retirement Homes in Eight Cities

Tata Housing said that it plans to invest Rs1,200 crore in developing 13 housing projects for senior citizens over the next five years. The company has already launched its first project, Riva Residences, in Bengaluru. Work on similar projects would soon commence in more cities, including Chennai, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Pune. It estimates that there are 98 million Indians of 60+ years and this number is going to double by 2030.

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Cannot Ban Pets in Societies: AWBI

Housing societies have no right to form laws regarding pets; they cannot even ask pet-owners to keep their animals on a leash or impose special charges on them, says a circular from the Animal Welfare Board of India. The sharp increase in the number of complaints regarding ill-treatment of street and pet dogs prompted the Board to approach its legal team on the correct position in law regarding various aspects of pet ownership and street dog rights. This resulted in the circular from ABWI.

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Housing Act: Sale of Parking Space

Maharashtra’s new Act for regulating the housing market will legitimise the rampant malpractice of builders charging home-buyers for parking space contradicting the Supreme Court ruling that disallows this. The Maharashtra Housing Act, 2012, explicitly states that the registered agreement for the house should mention the price of the parking space. An SC order in 2010 noted that parking spaces are a part of the ‘free of floor space index (FSI)’ areas of a project. Hence, the developer has no right to sell these separately to the home-buyer and must, in fact, transfer them entirely to the cooperative housing society (CHS) as soon as the project is issued the occupation certificate. The SC ruling was based on the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act, 1963, (MOFA), the precursor to the new Act.

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