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The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority  is set to issue a fresh order on the use of the word “co-promoter” in its rules within three weeks.  The new set of rules will see Maha RERA use another word as per the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. It will not use the word “co-promoter” and make the land owner liable only if he/she has shares in a project.  If the land owners get area shares or flats in lieu of money, they will be held liable as they would be selling the units. But if they are not involved in the project, there is no question of any liability.  As the word “co-promoter” is not in the statute, Maha RERA would have to issue a fresh order stating the new word to be used for the land owners with shares in properties and those who do not, the official added.

What led the Maharashtra Government to implement this step?

Maha RERA had withdrawn its order making land owners equally liable as that of builders and developers as part of the Act and it was submitted as an affidavit in the Bombay high court (HC) last week.

In the petition filed before the Bombay High Court, the validity of the Order was primarily challenged on the ground that Maha RERA was not empowered to introduce any such new term. “The impugned office order is tantamount to legislation,” the petition stated. The respondent (MahaRERA) cannot legislate for the state, much less for the Union.

Could the land owner or the society be held responsible along with the developer. It is good that Maha RERA has withdrawn its earlier order on the issue of co-promoter being liable. The wrong has been corrected.’’