Expulsion of members under amended Maha co-op acts

By I C Naik Cooperative societies including housing societies have to be encouraged by appropriate statutory provisions and procedural rules by every State and Union Territory to operate under democratic member control and with autonomy. This is the latest constitutional direction laid down by Indian Parliament by inserting “Part IXB: The Cooperative Societies” in the […]

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Tax hawks fail to understand CHS yet

By I C Naik A service tax tribunal in Mumbai has ruled housing societies  do not have to pay service tax on maintenance charges collected from their members. The decision of the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal came in a case involving Tahnee Heights, a housing society on Nepean Sea Road, and Mittal […]

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With grit you can take on mightiest

By I C Naik A small man and a giant builder. But the small man is honest while the big builder is cunning. The plot has ingrained bollywood heroism. The defiant builder story started in 2009. The mighty builder is Nirmal Life Style in Mumbai which boasts of being a premium real estate brand in […]

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Carelessness of CHS management is on rise

By I C Naik In a recent case of Chembur housing society the Consumer Forum has directed RNA Park Cooperative Housing Society Ltd to rectify the leakage of the roof within four months and pay Rs 5,000 as costs of the complaint to Dr Praveer and Tripti Banerjee. The cases of “care-less-ness” on the part […]

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CHS: Registrar’s power over Reserve Fund

By I C Naik Delegating power to the Registrar to sanction use of Reserve Fund in the Business of the Society is a case of unwanted delegation. The Maharashtra State Government has been empowered to frame the M.C.S. Rules 1961 providing for the procedures to implement the provisions of the M C S Act 1960. […]

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CHS elections in Maharashtra: Some facts

By I C Naik The BJP govt is all set to wind up housing Society Committee elections before December 31. The Cooperation Minister has thrown a challenge in a way to the State Cooperative Department. According to a estimate nearly 30000 housing societies in Mumbai (Old and New) have committees in office well beyond 5 […]

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Mumbai police for stepped-up vigil in CHS

I C Naik Mumbai Police wants housing societies to be much more alert against crimes towards women. Commenting on recent murder of a household woman in Malad a thickly populated western Suburb in Mumbai, Mumbai police’s statistics say more than 100 murders of women in Mumbai in last 3 years have taken place. As per […]

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HC tames yet another c-op housing hawk

By I C Naik The Bombay high court has come to rescue a plum a 23-acre plot  in city’s posh area Versova in favour of Apna Ghar society and the Society developer Samarth Development Corporation. Justice Gautam Patel reportedly  directed the payment of Rs 40 lakh as legal costs while dismissing an application seeking to stop the […]

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Hawks of Co-op Housing Societies

By I C Naik A head line “39 years to get deemed conveyance” put me to thinking how difficult it is to survive for cooperative housing societies amongst several hawks who are eyeing at making a fast buck out of non-profit making cooperatives. It takes me back to the year 1844 in which a group […]

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CHS to play role in elections

Co-operative housing societies may be suffering from governmental apathy but the latter never shirks from taking their help should situation demand. Sources say the Election Commission will ask the cooperative housing societies in Mumbai to help the EC officials at the booth level in the upcoming assembly polls. The move sources add will ensure a […]

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Govt’s apathy towards housing cooperatives

It is not at all breaking news that housing societies in Mumbai are on their own. They are compelled to   deal with the violations of State Rule as government looks sideways. It looks odd all the more as housing cooperatives offer huge revenue to state coffers in terms of Property Tax and Water Tax. As […]

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Co-op Housing: Builders asked to pay Rs 10 L

By I C Naik In a path breaking judgment of the consumer court a builder was asked to shell out Rs 10 lakh  to a cooperative housing society in Borivali- a den of Gujarati traders in Mumbai. This could stir up hornets’ nests in Mumbai where even escape route for erring builders the Deemed Conveyance […]

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Deficiency in service by the housing society

By I C Naik The Additional Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum recently held a housing society guilty of deficiency in service for not paying attention to a severe leakage problem in his flat, and directed the society to pay 50% of the repair amount to a senior citizen. Reportedly the forum, denied any […]

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