By Mitali Joshi
Accommodation Times Bureau
Supreme Court recently appended the right of the flat owners who can stand together and raise voice against the misleading builders to the national consumer forum. According to the Consumer Protection Act, the plea could be registered directly to the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) only if the amount is above Rs. 1 crore. The flat owners of Amrapali Sapphire Developers Pvt Ltd. registered a complaint against the builder for delay in providing the possession of the flats. For the same, the builder claimed his point by stating that the amount of each flat was below Rs 1 crore, hence flat-owners cannot register a complain as it does not exceed the mentioned amount according to the law. With regards to this, Supreme Court declared on February 21st, 2017 that the flat owners can conjointly file a plea if the cumulative value exceeds the Rs 1 crore parameter.
43 flat owners registered a plea against the builder, as the total amount against the complainee is way above Rs 1 crore, hence the NCDRC decided to take the issue in consideration.
The Supreme Court’s rule will be a benefactor for the middle-class population and a bane to the realtors who have taken their consumers for granted until now.