RERA becomes the force it was envisioned to be. UP RERA takes lead in case disposal

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After three years since its implementation, RERA is becoming the force it was envisioned to be – especially in disposing of consumer complaints across different states and UTs, said a recent report by ANAROCK Property Consultants. . 

As many as 48,556 cases were disposed of by the respective state authorities as of July 2020, according to the data by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Out of this, nearly 57 percent cases or approx. 27,581 complaints were resolved in the last one year alone, said the report. 

Uttar Pradesh takes the lead with as many as 18,509 cases disposed of by the UP RERA authorities so far, against a mere 5,989 cases a year ago. Haryana is at a distant second with nearly 9,919 cases disposed of currently as against 3,123 cases in the corresponding period of 2019. Maharashtra’s MahaRERA has so far disposed of nearly 7,883 cases.

Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants says, “One of RERA’s primary functions is addressing real estate consumers’ grievances. In a bit over three years since RERA implementation, the authorities of various state and UTs have resolved over 48,556 consumer complaints. Project and agent registrations have also increased perceptibly in a year – with nearly 24 pc and 20 pc respectively.”

The 24 percent growth in project registrations under RERA in a year pertains to around 43,208 projects by the end of July 2019 to nearly 53,364 projects as of date. 

The States with maximum project registrations currently include Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Cumulatively, these seven states account for a significant 85% share with nearly 45,278 registered projects. Maharashtra tops the list with nearly 25,604 project registrations.

Interestingly, UP has seen the least annual growth of 5 pc in project registrations. In July 2019, around 2,676 projects were registered in the state – currently, the number stands at approx. 2,818 projects. Evidently, developers in the state were more focused on project completions than on new launches.

Among these top seven states, Telangana saw the highest yearly growth of 79 percent in project registrations – from 1,064 projects in July 2019 to over 1,902 projects now. Tamil Nadu recorded a 54 pc yearly jump – as on July 2019, the state has 1,064 projects registered which have increased to 1,635 projects this year.

In terms of agent registrations, there has been a 20 pc increase in a year – from 34,182 registered agents towards July-end 2019 to nearly 41,143 agents as of July 2020.

 Maharashtra is the frontrunner with the maximum number of project and agent registrations, setting a high benchmark for other states to emulate. MahaRERA continues to be the ‘poster-child’ of RERA implementation:

  • As on 4th July 2020, Maharashtra saw the registration of 25,604 projects and 23,999 agents.
  • Gujarat saw 7,210 projects and 1,178 agents registered.
  • In Karnataka, 3,446 projects and 1,916 agents have been registered as of July 2020
  • In Uttar Pradesh, 2,818 projects and 3,808 agents have been registered.
  • Madhya Pradesh saw total registrations of 2,663 projects and 677 agents.
  • Other states catching up in project registrations include Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana which saw 1,142, 1,243, 1,635 and 1,902 projects registered respectively.

Given the unprecedented circumstances wherein the pandemic-induced lockdown more or less completely halted overall construction activity, as many as 23 state RERAs announced a six-month completion extension for projects whose delivery was scheduled on or after March 24. Further, state RERAs also have the discretion of proving additional leeway of three months, considering local conditions. Since construction activity will still take a while to resume normally because we are still in the midst of the crisis, delays in project deliveries are unavoidable.