More than 3,000 people,who got flats in Malad and Kandivali at subsidised rates in MHADA lottery of 2011,are expecting to receive possession soon. However,most are worried about the high maintenance cost in these buildings.
Nearly 95 per cent of these houses,sold at Rs 15 lakh each,are for people from the low-income group (LIG),earning between Rs 8,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. However,monthly maintenance of the houses at Malwani,Malad,works out to Rs 5,480,and Rs 5,328 at Shimpoli,Kandivali.
The rest of the houses are for the high-income group (HIG) people earning more than Rs 40,000 per month. These were sold at Rs 55 lakh and the maintenance for these houses works out to Rs 6,711 per month.
The property tax for these buildings is high as compared to others. Normally,the cost of maintenance for our houses is between Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per month, said a senior MHADA official.
In the case of these houses in Malad and Kandivali,the property tax component itself is coming to between Rs 2,400 to Rs 3,200 per month. The reason is that these buildings are 24-storeyed while most other MHADA buildings are eight to ten storeys tall.
While levying property tax,the civic body gives weightage to factors such as the number of floors,age of the property,construction type and the user type. As per the new system,property tax is computed on the capital value or the ready reckoner rate instead of the rental value.
Property owners are expected to pay tax with retrospective effect from April 2010.
The property tax has been included in the maintenance charges for 2,350 houses of 305.91 sq ft for the LIG flats at Malwani and 564 LIG houses of the same size at Shimpoli and 172 HIG houses of 476.74 sq ft at Shimpoli.
Lottery winners have approached us,asking us if we can do anything to reduce the high maintenance cost. They are worried,but none of them has spoken about surrendering the houses so far, the official said.