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Relief to home buyers: New Real Estate Act comes into force today; builders can't delay projects

The Real Estate Act, designed to protect consumer interest and improve accountability of developers, will come into force today, setting in motion the process of making necessary operational rules and creation of institutional infrastructure.

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An official statement said that the rules will made “within a maximum period of 6 months” as per the provisions of the Act.

It also said the proposed authorities, which will ensure timely execution of projects, and the appellate tribunals to adjudicate cases will come up in one year.

The Real Estate Act makes it difficult for promoters and builders to delay projects and gives relief to home-buyers and proposes imprisonment of up to three years besides monetary penalties for any violation of rules.

The law also makes it mandatory for all residential and commercial projects to register with the Regulator and will apply to new and ongoing projects.

“As per the notification announcing the commencement of the Act on May 1, 2016, rules under the Act have to be formulated by the Central and State Governments within a maximum period of six months i.e by October 31,2016 under Section 84 of the Act,” the statement said.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has notified 69 of the total 92 sections of the Act on Wednesday, the statement said.

Appellate Tribunals will be required to adjudicate cases in 60 days and the Regulatory Authorities will have to dispose of complaints in the same number of days.

“…A Committee, chaired by Secretary (HUPA), has already commenced work on formulation of Model Rules under the Act for the benefit of States and UTs so that they could come out with Rules in quick time besides ensuring uniformity across the country.

“The Ministry will also will come out with Model Regulations for Regulatory Authorities to save on time,” the statement said.

A proposal for a law for Real Estate was first mooted at the National Conference of Housing Ministers of States and Union Territories in January, 2009.

Published Date: May 01, 2016 11:18 AM | Updated Date: May 01, 2016 11:18 AM

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