Registration of illegal properties
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In a decision which would help in avoiding fraudulent activities during property purchase, Maharashtra Govt has directed the department of stamps and registration to stop registration of properties those are illegal. The state government recently issued a Government Resolution (GR).

According to the resolution, “The urban development department has directed the civic bodies and the planning authorities to provide a list of illegal properties to the sub-registrar office so that the latter can keep a record and stop registering them.”

Apart from this, they are also ordered concerned departments to publish the list of unauthorised properties on their websites and in newspapers.

“This new decision by the government will definitely protect consumers and will stop them from buying any illegal or unauthorised properties,” a state government official added.

Welcoming the move, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Nashik said that, it would help in avoiding cheating of common people. They also said that such properties have become a major issue in the state and thus becoming a matter of grave concern in present times. Many developers construct illegal properties without adequate permissions.

An office-bearer from CREDAI Nashik said that many a time, developers registered same properties with the office of sub-registrar. When found, concerned agencies take action against illegal constructions, but by the time they take action, the properties are already sold to buyers, who are not aware that the property is illegal.

He further said, “This is really a positive development that will avoid consumers being duped by the developers.”

However, the official also stressed on the fact that if any legal building houses some unauthorised portion or a floor then other authorised structures of the same building should not be affected.