GHAZIABAD: The department of stamps and registration of Ghaziabad has relaxed the norms for registration of flats in high-rise apartments of the city.
The need for 'completion certificates' of projects at the time of registration has been done away with completely, while submission of 'deeds of declaration' has been made mandatory for those projects sanctioned by the development authority after 2011.
Directions pertaining to new norms were issued to all five sub-registrars of Ghaziabad on Thursday. These decisions were taken in a meeting between the revenue department of the district administration, stamps and registration department and GDA, along with representatives of a few real-estate companies, on Wednesday evening.
Stamp department officials said the necessity of 'completion certificates' and stamp papers is redundant, as individual flat owners apply for registration only after their units are completed, irrespective of the status of the entire project.
"Registrations of individual flats will be inordinately delayed if property owners wait for projects to finish, in order to obtain completion certificates," said G P Singh, AIG, department of stamps & registration, Ghaziabad. Similarly, 'deeds of declaration' have been made mandatory only for projects sanctioned after 2011, the year when the state government framed the UP apartment act, 2010.
"The concept of 'deeds of declaration' did not exist before the rules of the Act were framed. Thus, the developers, whose projects were sanctioned before 2011 wouldn't have deeds of declaration. So they can't be demanded from flat-owners in projects sanctioned before 2011," he added.
Submission of these documents for registration had been made mandatory by the district administration in an order issued on November 3, after the Federation of Apartment Owners' Association (FedAoA) in Ghaziabad informed the administration that the exchequer was losing crores of rupees it otherwise used to earn from 'compounding charges' on unauthorized project extensions that had already been cleared by the stamp department.
Expectedly, FedAoA expressed unhappiness about the ruling. "The administration might allow for registrations based on partial completion or do away with completion certificates, but it will provide a leeway to developers to hand over a project without fire, electrical and other clearances. Also, we won't know if a flat, sought to be registered, has been sanctioned in the original plan or added later. Unauthorized flats will also get legalized through this," said Alok Kumar, president, FedAoA.