12 Key Points from Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA)

 12 Key Points from Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA)Key Points from Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA)

Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) Rules came into effect from 1st May, 2017. This is good news for home buyers who have been cheated by real estate developers and agents. RERA Rules would help to protect Home Buyers and provide Transparency between buyers, real estate developers and agents. What does these New Rules from RERA talk about? How does such Real Estate Regular Act Rules help to boost real estate sector? Which are those points buyers should know from these new Real Estate Regular Act Rules 2017?

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What is Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA)?

Real Estate Regulation Act was formulated by Govt. of India in the aim to keep transparency between buyers and real estate developers and agents. Many developers have been cheating in several ways to buyer and none of the current real estate rules are helping the buyers. These new rules would come into effect from 1st May, 2017. These new rules would help buyers in several ways. However, buyer needs to understand about these rules and the precautions he need to make while buying the projects.

12 Key Points from Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA)

1) These new rules are formulated by Govt. of India as model law, however given flexibility to States to modify / add their own rules. Since the land belongs to State, this flexibility is given to the States.

2) Currently 6 states have formulated the law including Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Means these states are ready to go with the new rules. Other state would be joining this law very soon.

3) RERA protects buyers in the real estate projects. They are the king now.

4) As per Real Estate Regulation Act, real estate developers and agents need to register with State Real Estate Regulatory Authority by 30th July. They would then come under the purview of RERA act. When you buy a property consider checking this aspect so that you are protected from now on.

5) As per RERA, Real Estate Developer need to deposit 70% of the funds collected from buyers in separate bank account created for the projects. They need to use these funds only for the construction of the projects to see timely completion of the projects. Any deviation in this would attract penalty including imprisonment.

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6) New Projects should obtain all approvals before the launch of the project. Currently buyers are cheated saying all approvals are in “closure” stage, then later on saying there is delay in getting approvals and delaying in the project. Any false statement regarding this would attract penalty including imprisonment.

7) In case, real estate developer wants to make any structural changes after the start of the project, it needs to take 2/3rd of the buyers consent. Without such consent, no structural changes can be made.

8) Real Estate Developer would be penalized including imprisonment upto 3 years in case of any delay in the projects or incase he makes any change to what has been promised in the project.

9) Real Estate Developer should provide all project details on Real Estate Regulator website and provide regular updates on construction progress.

10) Should rectify the defects bought buy buyer to the notice by the promoter within 5 years from the date of the possession.

11) In case of delay in the possession from developer side, they need to pay 2% interest above SBI Lending rate to the buyer.

12) As per RERA guidelines, developer should sell the projects only based on carpet area where buyer can use. In case of defaulter they would be imprisoned for 3 years.

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Experts believe that these Real Estate Regulation (RERA) Rules would bring more transparency between buyers, developers and real estate agents. Since real estate sector contributes 9% to gross domestic product to India’s growth, this would definitely boost investments in Real Estate Sector.

Readers, do you believe that these real estate regulation rules would help home buyers? What are your views on this?

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Key Points from Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA)


  • Tony Desoza


    I book 2-1/2 Bhk flat in Dec. 2016 in pune, Amanora gateway tower project in 25:75 scheme and I paid 25% amount to builder but scheme say I need to do registration for property after paying 25% amount or otherwise if I not done registration for flat I need to pay 10 laks penalty for withdraw from my booking and I signed this penalty paper with Builder.

    Could you please advise as per RERA rule what I need to do because I am leaving in gulf country and currently no job security and I can’t pay 75% balance amount and I want to withdraw my booking how many % penalty I need to pay builder.



  • Ompal Singh

    I booked a flat in August 2011. 95% payments have been made. The project is still incomplete. Developer demanding 18% interest on late payment.According to agreement,the developer has to pay penalty @ 5₹ per square feet per month after 30 months. Developer yet not paid any money to buyer . How much percent of interest developer will pay on penalty to buyer ?

  • Anil

    Builder not possession flat more then 97 percent money given what remedy available.

  • NILANJAN Navin Gala

    I have a question.
    If a building doesn’t have OC. And It is an old project without OC,CC . And OC is in Process So, This law can be take place in this case. Or Not.

    • Shahid

      Hi.. It does't come under RERA act until unless he has obtain CC for the project as on date and if CC is issued before RERA act builder is enrolled with ACT….!

  • Tushar J M

    In theory the act sounds good. But what about the implementation part? Is there any standard which says that all the clauses need to be mentioned in the agreement?
    For example- lets say there is a delay in possession from the developer. And if there is no clause mentioned in the agreement about the terms of penalties in case of delayed possession. Then can the buyer make claim for the penalty from the developer?

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