This is a discussion on Levy annual general maintenance charges in apartment of variable size flat within the Pricing forums, part of the Product And Services category; Dear Sir / Madam, I undersigned Mr. Chaitanya Marjadi , occupy the p ent house in an apartment of 14flats. ...
Dear Sir / Madam,I undersigned Mr.ChaitanyaMarjadi, occupy the pent house in an apartment of 14flats. Out of 14flats, 12 are 2-BHK & 2 are 3BHK pant house @ Vadodara, Gujarat, India.The apartment is 7year old. From the inception of our society the annual maintenance charges were decided to be collected based on square feet basis. Such collected amount is used for all general maintenance so far.I own the pent house and found that the all expenditure does not have direct relation with the square feet basis unless and until itís a civil work involved where my square feet comes in to the picture. I was opposing to such method of collection from last few years in my personal capacity, which was ruled out by the society members as a majority do not agreed to it.Recently i have gone through the Section VIII. Levy of charges of the society of "Bye-laws of the co-operative housing societies" MCS Act 1960,The Gujarat Ownership Act, Published articles in Hindu property times, some national / international papers and practice on this topic. I could find that except the civil work on my flats external periphery which call for square feet base collection, rest all other misc. expenses like security, lighting, gardening, lift etc is to be shared equally by the number of flats irrespective of the square feet owned.Such information i shared with our society management and requested for the discussion on the issue, as so far i have paid Rs. 32000/- extra for the annual maintenance from the inception of the society. If i consider the loss of interest @8.5% nominal rate of interest on which society has invested the fund, cumulative i has a loss of ~Rs42000/- so far.When i shared such info with the society and asked for the appropriate modification in the society rules complying to the bye-laws of India and the settlement of the accounts on the financial loss i have undergone so far due to wrong rules set by the society, i am getting negative response from the society members. They are forcing me to pay as per the set rules of the society. As per them the bye-laws are not for the small society like us. The issue is going on from last 6months. I am getting lots of abusing statements from the society members on the issue too.Request you to please guide me on the following;-
Applicability of such buy-laws to small society like us.
Is there any way I can get fair compensation for the wrong methodology selected by the society by majority.
I look forward for your written advice on the issue which I can share with my society members for mutual understanding and lawful settlement without going to legal proceedings.
I look forward for your response in this regards Yours Truly