Two housing societies asked to compensate owners in separate cases

The UT District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ordered the Silver City Housing and Infrastructure Limited,Chandigarh,to pay a consolidated sum of Rs 4 lakh for the repair of a piece of property that was bought by the complainant Renu Khanna,a Non-Residential Indian (NRI) and compensation for harassment and mental agony to her.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 12, 2012 1:05:59 am

The UT District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ordered the Silver City Housing and Infrastructure Limited,Chandigarh,to pay a consolidated sum of Rs 4 lakh for the repair of a piece of property that was bought by the complainant Renu Khanna,a Non-Residential Indian (NRI) and compensation for harassment and mental agony to her.

In addition to this,the housing company has also been asked to pay Rs10,000 to the complainant as litigation charges.

The NRI said that she did not receive the possession of her property booked by her at the Silver City Complex,NAC Zirakpur,District Mohali,for a sum of Rs 26.60 lakh. The complainant was to get the possession of the property on September 30,2006 for which she claims that she was in India but did not get the offer.

But,the other party claims that there was a delay in handing over the possession because of the changes that the complainant wanted to be made in the property.

However,most of the changes were made; there were further changes that were required out of the complainant that were not made possible due to lack of finances.

But,the claims made by the complainant about the poor condition of the house in terms of dampness in walls,poor bathroom material used etc was proven by them in the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum.

On the account of the same,the forum has ordered the Silver City Housing and Infrastructure Limited to pay the compensation within 45 days and this amount would be then utilised for the renovation of the flat.

In another case involving a housing company,the UT District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ordered Omaxe Limited,Chandigarh,to pay an assured monthly return of Rs 5,400 to the complainants,Satinder Kaur and Paramjit Saini,both of whom are residents of Sector 47,Chandigarh.

The order is due to the delay in the construction of the property which had been booked by the complainants on November 9,2007.

According to the terms of agreement,the other party had to finish the construction and hand over the possession of the property after 18 months from the signing of the agreement.

But the complainants say that the construction work had not even been started by the other party when they visited the site.

The complainants requested the builder for possession of the flat on a number of occasions but it failed to do so and also did not give them any explanation for the delay. The charges have been denied by the builder.

But according to the consumer commission,the company too has to abide by the claims made by it and in addition to the monthly return of Rs 5,400,the party is liable to pay the complainants a penalty amount at the rate of Rs 5 per sq ft of the super area per month due for the period from June 7,2009 till date and keep paying the same every month till the actual physical possession of the flat is delivered.

In addition,a sum of Rs 50,000 as compensation for mental and physical harrassment suffered by the complainant and Rs 10,000 as costs of litigation are also to be paid.

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