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New Apps, Websites are Offering to Help You Manage Your Housing Society



Websites are help your Housing Society Management.

* Every time a housing society meeting is scheduled or the maintenance costs revised, Dilip Chachra is alerted by a mobile app called ApartmentADDA. This really helps because he’s invested in a flat in Vashi and lives in Colaba.

* In Chembur, residents of Sindhi Society can now access even 10-year-old documents with a single click. They outsourced their documentation to a start-up called Zipgrid, two years ago.

* Pratik Gems Housing Society in Navi Mumbai has transformed its visitor log into a digital interface accessible to every resident, via an app called Smart Gorkha

From security to record-keeping, new housing society management services are making things easier.

Some offer offline services only. Others operate through a website or customizable app, almost like Uber, for the CHS.

“From calculating a penalty to ensuring cashless transactions, the service we enlisted has helped us manage everything efficiently,” says Sachin Jha, treasurer at Ram Niwas CHS in Powai. “We no longer have to spend hours every week trying to sort through paperwork and dig up old records.”

Don’t kick yourself if you didn’t know these services were out there. Few housing societies in the city do.

Last week, in fact, event organizer Intellize Expo put together a first-of-its-kind Housing Society Management Show in Worli, precisely to spread the word.

“We did this because barely 20% of the 200 societies we surveyed across Mumbai knew that there were professional services to help them manage things,” says Intellize director Dilip Raghavan. “There are service providers and management services across 40 categories, from surveillance to sanitation. Some of them will take care of every detail, from plumbing issues to getting the fruit from your trees plucked and distributed.”

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Society Run, launched last year, is a customizable mobile app that offers over 30 features exclusively for housing societies. “We have notice boards and polls to move decision-making online; we list vendors that residents can approach. We aim to automate the working of a housing society,” says founder Ashish Waykar.

Others, like the three-year-old Zipgrid focus on mainly digitization, getting all your data and documents in one place, online, with secure backup.

Apartment ADDA, launched in 2014, helps you create a centralized database of flats, residents, vehicles, accounts, staff, CHS assets and vendors, on an app.

It also serves like a WhatsApp group for the housing society.

“Through the ADDA App, you can have discussions with neighbors, share photos, conduct or participate in polls, receive updates from the Society office and form hobby groups,” says co-founder Venkat Kandaswam.

“Society income and expenses have become very transparent and easy to track because of the SocietyRun app,” says Hemant Buddhivant, 31, part of the managing committee of the Midori Tower CHS in Pune. “Because of the online poll, we need not waste time at the meetings. If an issue is small, it can be resolved online.”

Sindhi Society, Chembur, meanwhile, took more than two months to install its virtual documentation system. “The society is vast, with over 650 houses, so the process of collecting documentation and uploading it all was a bit of a hassle,” says Kumar Tahilramani, 35, a businessman and resident. “But it was worth it. We can now access any document with a click, from anywhere.”

The Marble Arch housing society in Andheri installed Smart Gorkha and eliminated the need for guards altogether. “With the system, we get information about any visitor in real time and worry less about the security of the building,” says Krutika Shah, 30, a homemaker.

Some CHS members attended last week’s event and left with the distinct feeling that they were missing out.

“We still follow the paper filing system for all our records, and we have stacks of housing society documents going back to its formation in 1948,” says Aditya Chandavarkar, a resident of Karnataka CHS in Matunga. “We find it difficult to access the ones we need and now we’re definitely thinking about digitization.”

Source:  Hindustan Times

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Under Construction Flat Booking Finds Tax Deduction Under Time Constraints



Tax Deduction

If a buyer makes a transaction to book an under-construction flat and if he acquires it within the three-year period of the sale of his old house, then he is entitled to a tax deduction, says a ruling from the Mumbai bench of the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT). If an apartment is booked in an under construction project than it must be viewed as a method of constructing residential tenements, says the December 18 judgment.

That means if the buyer uses the entire gain from the transaction to buy another house within two years or construct another house within three years. The two- and three-year period applies even if the buyer bought another house a year before selling the first one. But the property should have been bought in the name of the seller.

It is mandatory that within a period of two years after or one year before the date of transfer of old house, the taxpayer should construct a residential house or acquire another residential house within a period of three years from the date of transfer of the old house. The date of receipt of compensation will determine the period of acquisition or construction in a case of compulsory acquisition.

This exemption is effective and can only be claimed in respect of one residential house property purchased/constructed in India. In the case of multiple house purchases or constructions, the exemption under section 54 will be available in respect of one house only. Any purchases made outside the country does not fall under any kind of exemption. Section 54 gives relaxation in such cases by providing relief to the taxpayer who sells his residential house and acquires another residential house from the gained capital.

After the sale of an asset, the difference between the buying price and the selling price is a capital gain or a capital loss. These are further classified as long-term or short-term. If a property is held for 24 months or less, with effective from 2017-18, then that asset is treated as Short Term Capital Asset. Then an investor can make

treated as Long Term Capital Asset. Then only a Long Term Capital Gain (LTCG) or Long Term Capital Loss (LTCL) can be made on that investment.

ITAT agreed that booking of a new flat in an under-construction apartment should be considered as a case of “construction” and not “purchase”, hence following the earlier decisions of the Bombay high court and the tribunal itself. Further ITAT allowed the fact that the construction can began prior to the date of sale of the old asset. Same was stated in the earlier judicial decisions of the Karnataka high court and Ahmedabad ITAT, that the date of commencement is not relevant but it is the completion of construction that comes in relevance to section 54.

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Mumbai’s Development Plan 2034: Second Draft Sees A Steep Drop In Responses



Mumbai’s Development Plan 2034

The second edition to the Mumbai’s Development Plan (DP) 2034 has been seeing an unenthusiastic response in comparison to the draft DP released last year.  BMC made this draft public in the month of October this year. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) first edition of the Development Plan included the open space management, steps to boost civic amenities, affordable housing, floor space index (FSI), prevent encroachments as well as outline policy on land usage, built-up area (BUA) etc.

The second part of the draft DP, covered the 111 hectares in three areas of the city, Oshiwara business district from SV Road to Link Road, Parigkhari from LBS Road to Mithi river in Kurla and the  Bandra-West A block. Till the date it has received only 28 suggestions and objections so far, deadline for the feedback being December 30. Allotted by the Metropolitan Region Development Authority to the BMC in 2016, these three areas came late as by then BMC was already done with the completion of the draft DP 2016 for the entire city

Few parties have responded to this second draft DP 2016. One of them is Bandra Reclamation Area Volunteers’ Organisation which have objected towards an entire municipal market being marked as a parking lot in the area. Vidya Vaidya belonging to the above organisation claims that they have been working for providing the area a zero-waste status. In regards to their response, she further discloses that they also suggested waste segregation centres to be earmarked in the draft.

Another organisation submitting suggestions and objections to the latest edition of the draft DP, is the Urban Design Research Institute. According to the organisation’s executive director, Pankaj Joshi, the prime reason behind the lukewarm response is that the talked about areas are small in sizes. These land parcels are house slums in Oshiwara and Parigkhari, and slum dwellers are unlikely to give feedback. He still spares a possibility of getting few more responses before the deadline.

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Reforming The Realty Market: RERA Redefines Carpet Area



Reforming The Realty Market

To bring consistency in the sale of flats in the real estate sector, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has issued a circular, redefining the carpet area calculation and instructing the developers to adhere to this standard, refraining away from selling on the built-up area, while creating sale agreements.

The new carpet area will be the net usable floor area of an apartment with the internal partition wall but excluding the terrace, veranda, external wall and the balcony. Built up area being the sum of carpet area, wall thickness, ducts, exclusive balcony and verandas. Super built up area is the sum of built up area and common facilities like veranda, staircase, lift etc.

Despite the mandate by the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act, earlier there was no mechanism to enforce the carpet area selling rule. But now after the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation & development) Act, RERA and the establishment of the regulatory authority, this rule will help buyers to get the value of their money.

Adding class to the realty sector, this reform will set a specific calculations of area measurement for every builder instead of their own definitions of built up area. Maharashtra is among the first of the states to implement RERA and fulfil all the norms set up by the Central government for a smooth transition.

These set of new rules will increase the per square foot rate in certain areas, prices of apartments should remain unchanged. Till now the built-up area, larger than the carpet area, was the basis of the calculation of the sales price, taking down the price per sq. ft. area. Now as the carpet area been deemed as the basis for the price calculation, the prices are anticipated to be raised up to retain the profit margin.

Stopping the unprincipled developers from misleading buyers, this new definition will bring more transparency in the system. With a higher loading factor, the developer can inflate the saleable area. This allows him a room to lower the rate per sq. ft. on the inflated saleable area. This can be highly misleading as consumers easily can get attracted to a seemingly better-than-market offer. However, only the loading factor has changed and not the flat size.

“We gladly receive this move by RERA as it defines carpet area as the standard. Now each builder has to walk the same path. Earlier, various builders used to confuse the buyers by ‘setting up’ their own carpet area, built up area and super built up area” said Shirish Deshpande, executive president Consumer Rights Group, Mumbai Grahak Panchyat.

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