Pune, 13th July 2021: The Maharashtra Department of Co-operation has ordered the apartment societies to levy maintenance charges according to the area of the flats. The order was given by Digvijay Rathod, Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Society, Pune City zone one.
In this regard, some members of the Treasure Park Apartments in Aranyeshwar had appealed to the Co-operation Department.
Under the Maharashtra Apartment Ownership Act 1970, registered housing societies are required to levy maintenance charges from the flat owners according to the area. However, many housing societies charge the same fees for flats with different areas such as One BHK, Two BHK, Three BHK, and Four BHK. Therefore, small area flat owners have to bear an unnecessary financial burden. Against this backdrop, the two BHK flat owners of Treasure Park Society had appealed to the Co-operation Department. The co-operation department has heard both the applicants and the chairman and secretary of the society and has ordered maintenance charges according to the area.
The housing societies must comply with the provisions of the Act. Although this order has been issued by the Co-operative Department for the concerned society, it can also be applied to every apartment housing society in the state, said Suhas Patwardhan, President, Pune District Co-operative Housing Federation.
‘Otherwise, the department of co-operation should be approached’
Many housing societies in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad do not charge maintenance charges according to the area. Concerned flat owners should contact Pune District Co-operative Housing Federation on 02024454010 for guidance in this regard. People can also approach the Co-operation Department, i.e. the concerned Deputy Registrar’s Office, said Patwardhan.
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