Builders must issue occupation certificate1 min read . Updated: 29 Jan 2019, 11:18 PM IST
- The construction permission, namely commencement certificate, lays down the terms and conditions to be complied with, over and above the various laws
- To verify that the project is not in violation of any provisions of law, one can obtain the permissions granted through an RTI
We bought a flat in a housing society in Bengaluru in 2011, which is lying unoccupied ever since. The society has about 1,000 flats and most of them are occupied. The builder gave the possession and an association was formed in 2006. However, there is no occupation certificate (OC) yet because of which we never paid any maintenance charges. Are we justified in not paying the charges? Can we occupy the flat now and pay the pending maintenance charges? What happens if the municipality objects to some violations or orders demolition?Also, the builder had promised to give us a parking space in the sale agreement, but it is not shown in the final sale deed. We have filed a case in a consumer forum against this, but the case has been pending for over four years, which is also why we haven’t occupied or rented out the flat yet.