A draft new law on the much-awaited real estate regulator

The government has unveiled a draft new law on the much-awaited real estate regulator.The draft bill makes it mandatory for builders to register their projects with the regulator before marketing them.The biggest relief would be that a property buyer would know exactly what he is buying. The draft bill also makes it mandatory for the builder not to accept any advance from home buyer before a sale agreement is put in place.

According to the draft, a builder will have to register a project with the regulator before he can market the properties.The builder will have to submit a documentary proof of land ownership and the mandatory licences to the regulator for registration.This process will ensure the legitimacy and the viability of the project, ending the current practice of realty firms launching projects without land ownership or mandatory approvals.

The builders will have to submit a bank guarantee of 5% of the total cost of the project, which will be encashed by the regulator in the event of the builder not completing the project in time or violating any other condition agreed upon at the beginning.

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Buying home to get safer, new real estate bill mooted

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