West Bengal Amends Act To Enable Housing Associations To Form Federations
The West Bengal assembly on July 10, 2019, amended the West Bengal Apartment Ownership Act, 1972, to enable housing associations to form a federation, to take care of the maintenance and management of common areas and facilities for all in an apartment society. The West Bengal Apartment Ownership (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the assembly.
The Act of 1972 was enacted to provide for the ownership of an individual and to make such apartment heritable and transferable property. The vision is the formation of an association of apartment owners that will take care of maintenance and management of common areas and facilities related to every apartment within a building. In the 1970s, there was no concept of large complexes or township development consisting of a large number of apartments of different user groups, different income groups and the like. There was only the concept of a stand-alone building consisting of a few apartments for which a single association was adequate to maintain and manage the common areas and facilities related to apartments.
However, in the past four decades, the housing industry has evolved and multiple-apartment housing societies and townships have become a part of the city. It is seen that there are some common facilities which are enjoyed by all the apartment owners of a large complex or township, which are not exclusive to a particular group of apartment owners. Maintenance of this type of common areas and facilities require a federation of all the associations within a project which will take care of the maintenance and management of such common areas and facilities enjoyed by all the apartment owners within a project.
(With inputs from Housing.com News)