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In Pune, a housing federation helps societies tackle chronic defaulters

Payment of maintenance charges was one of the fundamental duties of society members, said Suhas Patwardhan, chairman of the federation. Without timely payment of these charges, no society can function as it is the primary source of income for them, he added.

In Pune, a housing federation helps societies tackle chronic defaultersThe federation has organised a series of special programmes and camps across the district in April and May to help societies recover unpaid society dues. (File)

The Pune District Cooperative Housing Federation is on a mission this summer: to help societies tackle the problem of chronic defaulters. Accordingly, the federation has organised a series of special programmes and camps across the district in April and May to help societies recover unpaid society dues.

The federation is the apex body of cooperative housing societies in the district.

Payment of maintenance charges was one of the fundamental duties of society members, said Suhas Patwardhan, chairman of the federation. Without timely payment of these charges, no society can function as it is the primary source of income for them, he added. “We have seen almost 99 per cent of the members are regular with their payment but some areou chronic defaulters,” he said.

Most housing societies do not have the legal know-how to tackle this problem. That is where the federation steps in. “In most cases, the default is due to personal issues. In such cases, we advise people to sort the issue but pay the maintenance on time,” Patwardhan pointed out. In case of chronic defaulters, the federation has two recovery officers, who under the guidance of the deputy district registrars, help in recovering the pending dues.

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So far, the federation has held eight such workshops in Pashan, Pimple Saudagar, Sahakar Nagar and other areas to help societies tackle the problem. On May 1, the federation will open its second office in the Chikali area of Pimpri Chinchwad.

First published on: 28-04-2022 at 15:38 IST
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