Mumbai, 27 April, 2018: Here is a live example of how Lodha Group traps unwary flat-purchasers by imposing unfair terms and conditions. Kavita Shinde booked flat no. A401 in Casa Treetop in Lodha Upper Thane, located on Mumbai-Nashik Highway, and has been receiving extortionate demand letters to pay late-fees for a delay in payment, although she had not delayed any payment.
Kavita booked her flat on 11th May, 2017 by paying Rs 90,000/-, and followed this up by paying Rs 3.17 lakhs on 5th June, 2017. As per the application form, the next "milestone" was executing the registered agreement. The third installment could become payable only after the registration.
Lodha Group delayed the registration until November. And then, just as Kavita was preparing to pay her next installment, she was surprised to receive a demand letter seeking late fees of Rs 40,000/- for delayed payment from July!
At first, Kavita thought that this was a genuine misunderstanding and tried to sort it out…
Mumbai, 17th May, 2018: When you pay a token of Rs 5 lakh and fill up an application form for booking a flat in Omkar Alta Monte (situated on Western Express Highway, Malad East), you enter into contract with Omkar builders, right? Right, because you are bound by the contract as soon as your money goes into their bank account. If you cancel the transaction, whatever you paid will be forfeited. As much as Rs 30 to 60 lakh is the token or "application fee" for a 3BHK costing Rs 3 crore, and you can lose all that money if you try to cancel the transaction.
It seems reasonable to expect that Omkar builders are also bound by the same contract to sell the flat to you, right? Wrong, because Omkar Realtors are NOT contractually bound to sell you the specified flat, or
any flat for that matter. They can reject your booking even two months after you paid the initial token amount. Omkar does not have to give you any reasons for rejection, and you have no right to ask. Adding insult…
Das tells me that Holi is a
very different festival in different parts of the country. He tells of his
growing-up years in those parts of the northern Heartland
where Holi is a festival that lasts a week or so, and the revellers
get high on bhang, and
fling mud and dung with impunity at passersby, and women run after men with
brooms to thoroughly thrash them.
Das grew up as part of his elder brother's household, which was more
prosperous than his father's, back in Calcutta. Das' brother -- we'll call
him Mithilesh -- was a building, roads and works contractor, and often invited
home minor bureaucrats for a couple of drinks and dinner. At those times, none
of the children -- of whom Das was the eldest -- would come out into the
sitting room. Only Mithilesh's wife would occasionally go out from
the kitchen to refresh their drinks, and, at long last, to serve dinner. She
always covered her head with her veil -- her ghunghat
-- before going out into the presence of the…