3 Types Of Rental Accommodations That Could Be Illegal
When looking out for a property on rent, we look for an apartment that is close to our workplace, is well-connected, has a strong social infrastructure and is also affordable. While carefully selecting a rental property that fulfills all these parameters, tenants tend to miss out on an important aspect — the legality of the rental property.
At times, landlords renovate or create a space to rent out that may not be a legal construction or not fit for dwelling purposes. Be careful when selecting a dwelling, or you may be renting an illegal space.
MakaaniQ lists three types of rentals that could be illegal:
Barsati/terrace room: Many landlords who have roof rights construct a single room along with kitchen and bathroom and rent it out. These structures are called barsatis, and are popular among bachelors and students for the affordability. However, such construction are not legal, and not safe for you to rent.
Also read: Renting A Barsati? Read This
An additional floor: Many homeowners with independent homes go beyond the permissible floor area ratio or FAR and built an additional floor. In case you have been given such a floor on rent, it could get you in trouble. Before you rent such a floor, know the FAR in the area. This will help you know whether or not this floor in legally permissible.
Basement dwelling: Using a basement for residential purpose in India is illegal. Built partially or completely below the street level, this space is considered to be unsafe for dwelling given that there is no ventilation and exiting the property in times of emergency can be difficult. Also, according to the building by-laws for storage and parking, the basement is not a part of permissible FAR. All these together make basement an illegal space to rent.