Real estate developers get relief; RERA deadline for completion of projects extended by 6 months


New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday (May 13) gave reduction to actual estate developers by extending the deadline for completion of projects by as much as six months within the wake of coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. 

The reduction will probably be extended to all of the registered projects underneath the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, RERA, expiring on or after March 25, the date from which nationwide lockdown to manage coronavirus got here into impact.

Notably, the true estate trade has been demanding that the deadline for completion of projects needs to be extended by no less than six months as development work got here to a halt because of lockdown.

Sitharaman mentioned the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will advise States and their regulatory authorities to “treat COVID-19 as an event of Force Majeure under RERA”, including that the regulators can prolong the registration and completion date suo motto by six months for all registered projects expiring on or after March 25 with out particular person purposes.

The Finance Minister mentioned, “These measures will de-stress real estate developers and ensure completion of projects so that home buyers are able to get delivery of their booked homes with new timelines.” 

Extension of Registration and Completion Date of Real Estate Projects underneath RERA 

1. Adverse influence because of COVID and projects stand the chance of defaulting on RERA timelines. Timelines have to be extended. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will advise States/UTs and their Regulatory Authorities to the next impact.

2. Treat COVID-19 as an occasion of ‘Force Majeure ‘underneath RERA. 

3. Extend the registration and completion date suo-moto by 6 months for all registered projects expiring on or after March 25, 2020 with out particular person purposes. 

4. Regulatory Authorities could prolong this for one other interval of as much as 3 months if wanted 

5. Issue contemporary ‘Project Registration Certificates’ mechanically with revised timelines. 

6. Extend timelines for numerous statuary compliances underneath RERA concurrently. 

These measures will de-stress actual estate developers and guarantee completion of projects in order that homebuyers are capable of get supply of their booked homes with new timelines. 

Notably, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will difficulty an advisory to actual estate regulators of all states and Union Territories, to deal with COVID-19 as an act of God in order that ‘power majeure’ clauses underneath RERA could be invoked for offering reduction to builders in completion of projects.

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