Verification drive for tenants kicks off in Ghaziabad – ET RealEstate

GHAZIABAD: In an attempt to trace criminals, Ghaziabad police have started a drive to verify the identity of tenants staying in the city. Beat police officers have started distributing forms that house owners will have to fill up and submit at their nearest police stations, along with documents.

According to the police, they have found that several criminals who were arrested recently stayed at rented accommodation across the city. For most of them, no verification had been done.

Kalanidhi Naithani, SSP, Ghaziabad, said that in the first phase, three lakh forms would be distributed. “We have around 550 beat police officers and one officer covers 100-200 houses daily. We will be able to distribute the forms across the district in two-three months,” he said.

A lot of people stay at rented houses across Ghaziabad, as they are affordable compared to some other NCR cities. Often, tenants move in without any police verification.

On May 23, a 30-year-old man was arrested from a highrise society in Raj Nagar Extension and he was allegedly involved in a transfer/posting racket of IAS and IPS officers in Uttar Pradesh.

He had been staying at KW Srishti housing society on rent for the 10 months.

“The tenant data will help the police curb crimes. If we talk about street crimes, over 90 people have been arrested in the past one month and half of them had been staying on rent,” the officer added.

Naithani said once they collate the data, they will match that with the police records. “If we find a house owner is trying to hide the criminal history of a tenant, the person will be booked under sections 216 (harbouring offender who has escaped from custody or whose apprehension has been ordered) and 120 B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.”

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Builders in Ghaziabad yet to hand over 50 societies’ upkeep to RWAs – ET RealEstate

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GHAZIABAD: There are at least 50 housing societies in Ghaziabad where the builders have not yet handed over the maintenance to the RWAs even after mandatory 66% occupancy.

While residents allege there is a deliberate attempt on the part of builders not to hand over upkeep to the RWAs as they do not want to forego maintenance charges, builders on their part say that they are awaiting completion certificates from the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).

“The handover of societies has always been an issue between RWAs and developers and as per one estimate, there are over 50 societies in Crossings Republik, Indirapuram, Raj Nagar Extension, Vaishali and Kaushambi, where the problem persists,” said Alok Kumar of Fed AOA, an RWA umbrella body.

“There are many reasons behind the reluctance on the part of developers to hand over the reins of a society, easy money being one which developers charge from residents in the name of maintenance fees, electricity bills and on many other heads. Sadly, the GDA has been a mute spectator to the ongoing crisis,” he added.

As per the clauses of UP Apartment Act 2010, if a society has an occupancy of 66% or more and it has completed two years from the day of first possession, then the developer will have to facilitate handover of the society to the RWA.

“There is also one clause in the UP Apartment Act, according to which possession cannot be given until a developer gets a completion certificate from GDA. But many developers start giving possession after applying for completion certificates. And they often use this excuse to delay handing over upkeep to the RWA,” said Kumar.

When contacted, a GDA official said on the issue that the development authority has already set up a cell to address issues arising out of disputes between developers and residents or RWAs. “We have allotted a specific day in a month for addressing these issues, but due to the pandemic the meetings are not taking place. Anyway, the state government has come up with new guidelines governing maintenance charges.”

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