Being in operation since 2017, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has the highest number of registered real estate projects across the country. The MahaRERA website is also fully functional, which makes it easy for prospective home buyers to access project details and the background information of developers.
Of all the states and Union Territories (UTs) that have notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has been the most active in terms of executing the legislation across the state.
The State government established MahaRERA on March 8, 2017, much before other states and UTs had established their regulatory authorities. MahaRERA also takes care of project registrations in Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
As per MahaRERA's official website, there are approximately 30,300 real estate projects registered with the regulatory authority. Out of these, around 23,100 projects are registered but not completed and 7,200 projects are registered and completed. This data is as of August 18, 2021. As of the same date, nearly 15,200 complaints have been received. Orders have been passed in around 9,800 of these, while the others are in the process of being adjudicated.
Having said this, many homebuyers are still not aware of the process to check a project's various details along with its RERA compliance. To make things simpler, 99acres shares a step-by-step guide to find RERA-related details of a particular project on MahaRERA’s official website.
How to find project related details?
- Go to https://maharera.mahaonline.gov.in/
- Under the 'Registration' tab, click on ‘Registered Projects.’ You will be redirected to an external website.
- Under the sub-heading ‘Select User Type’, click on ‘Registered Projects’.
- You can search for the details of a project either by typing in its name, the name of its promoter, or its registration/certificate number. To know the certificate number of a project, you can click on the 'View all projects on map' link on the top right-hand side of the page. Explore the map and click on the concerned project to see its certificate number.
- When you type the name or certificate number of the project and click on search, the project along with a few details will appear in the search results. By clicking on ‘View’, you will be able to see all the details of the project including locality, project type, ongoing status and proposed completion date.
How to check litigations on real estate projects?
Using the MahaRERA portal, one can also find the details of a project stuck in a legal row along with the order passed on it. To view the same:
- Go to https://maharera.mahaonline.gov.in/
- Click on Appellate Tribunal -> Orders
- You can either search the order by typing the name in the search bar or looking out for the same under the list
Being the most active regulatory authority across the country, MahaRERA has not only streamlined the project registration process but has also done a fair job at regulating the overall real estate sector in Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu. This has significantly boosted the sentiments of home buyers and investors.
RERA has freed homebuyers to express their concerns and complaints pertaining to real estate projects. Moreover, it has also brought in the much-needed transparency, accountability and fairness in the real estate market in terms of the sale of properties. In fact, MahaRERA has fared effectively well in covering the scope of the act with fast-paced and efficient implementation coupled with frequent amendments to protect home buyers.
How to know which MahaRERA-registered projects have expired?
MahaRERA regularly issues information about expired/lapsed real estate projects. Essentially, these are the projects that were registered but then due to non-renewal or some other reasons, their registrations lapsed. When this happens, the promoter of such a project cannot market, book, sell, or offer for sale any apartment, building, or plot in the project (as the case may be) in any manner.
To know which projects have expired, follow the steps below:
- Visit the official website of MahaRERA-https://maharera.mahaonline.gov.in/Home/Index
- Under the 'Registration' tab, click on 'Lapsed Projects'. The page displays the list of expired projects arranged chronologically.
Whom to contact in case of challenges on MahaRERA's official website?
Initially, MahaRERA had established an in-house helpdesk to handhold citizens and resolve issues related to the services offered on its website. However, there was a need to bolster the capacity and effectiveness of the helpdesk system. Accordingly, on August 24, 2021, MahaRERA established an adequately manned toll-free citizen helpline.
Enquirers can call on the following numbers:
Toll-free number: 1800 210 3770
Primary Rate Interface (PRI) Line (could be chargeable): 022 6915 7100
The citizen helpline shall function from 7 am to 11 pm, except on Sundays and governmental holidays.
How to know which projects had their registrations revoked by MahaRERA?
MahaRERA reserves the right to revoke and cancel the registration of a project based on a complaint. It does so if the promoter has been involved in any unfair practices/irregularities or has violated a rule under RERA. Accordingly, the promoter cannot market or sell a property in such a project. If needed, MahaRERA will facilitate any pending development work on the project for the interest of the allottees.
To know which projects had their registrations revoked, follow the steps below:
- Visit the official website of MahaRERA -https://maharera.mahaonline.gov.in/Home/Index
- Under the 'Registration' tab, click on 'Projects - Registration Revoked or Ab initio void'. The page displays the list of revoked projects. The copies of their revocation order are also available for viewing and downloading.