The Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association (FedAOA) of Ghaziabad has asked the Ghaziabad Development Authority to stop booking of flats in housing projects which haven’t submitted the “true disclosure” document.
The document having details of a project including land titles and rights, encumbrances if any, common areas, plans approved or submitted for approval, fixtures and fittings has to be submitted to the GDA in accordance with Section 4 of the UP Apartment Act, 2010, which buyers can access. The federation has written to the GDA on 5th September asking it to include a clause in approval letters of projects layouts and plans, making immediate submission of “True Disclosure” paper a must. It has also demanded that the sanctioned maps — initial, revised or compounded — of projects be uploaded on the authority’s website for buyers.
“There have been conflicts in the past wherein buyers have alleged that amenities and facilities promised to them at the time of booking flats are not provided at the time of possession. Several buyers have approached us with brochures they got at the time of booking. Courts have, however, declined to accept brochures as legal documents whenever we have filed a case demanding claims. Mandatory submission of the “True Disclosure” paper will help bring greater transparency,” the federation president, Alok Kumar, said.
Builders are required to submit Deeds of Declaration of projects within 12 months from the date on which project layout plans are approved by the GDA. “Booking of flats, however, begin much earlier. Submission of the “True Disclosure” paper will ensure buyers are able to access DoDs from the day they book a flat,” Kumar added.