The unorganised nature of Indian realty is the sole reason why it had always been in the dire need of a regulatory authority which will now be available post the implementation of nationwide RERA from May 1, 2017. Several states and almost all the Union Territories have notified the laws of RERA before the said deadline of April 30th, 2017. RERA is something which is happening for the first time across the nation and would more or less be finalised along the framework which was set forth by the central government. RERA tends to bring about a new dawn in the sector of Indian realty and limit the concerns of several homebuyers and investors who had almost written off this sector which has seized to be one of the greatest employers and contributors to the country’s GDP. Slowly with the turn of clock, RERA would also settle down as any normal regulation similar to the hundreds we observe in our day to day life but the initial phase will definitely hold key to how better it is accepted amongst the developers and buyers.

Industry Reacts:

Manoj Gaur, Vice President CREDAI – National & MD, Gaursons Group

At the outset, I welcome this much awaited initiative of RERA, which should bring huge relief to homebuyers as well as regulate the real estate sector of India. With the implementation of this act, now all approvals will have to be in place and the agreement signed with buyers includes the interest and the penalty clauses laid down in RERA. Also, the statute now demands that the builder should mention carpet area also specify common areas and the parking areas separately. At the CREDAI level too, the apex body of developers is holding training sessions for developers to educate them on the changes expected in the new business environment.

Deepak Kapoor, President CREDAI-Western U.P. & Director, Gulshan Homz

The buyers of property market in particular had waited long for RERA becoming a reality which guarantees safeguarding of their rights and interests. For long has this sector and its buyers being affected, but with RERA in place now, soon there will be a regulator in every state who will monitor all the transactions and have answers for their grievances. The amendments are fair and developers have already started working on the lines because these will now pave way for a better demand and supply in the sector.

Avneesh Sood, Director, Eros Group

With RERA implemented in full scale now across major states and union territories, developers are sure to find it encouraging towards building a better image for the sector. Infact, most of the developers who are genuinely into real estate had already been following the rules which have been set forth by this act. With the government concerned and showing direct intentions towards the sector, RERA will enhance the sentiments in the sector paving way for growth. Possessions are the hot cakes in the sector today and history of a developer in the near future would be judged on the possessions they have offered.

Ashok Gupta, CMD, Ajnara India Ltd.

With so many states implementing RERA today, we will see a completely different scenario in the sector in near future. Infact, developers have been gearing up for RERA ever since it became an act in the parliament and have been working based on the norms excluding the limitations. These limitations, if some, can be done away with only when it is existent in the real scenario helping everyone understand them better and try devising corrections.

Pradeep Aggarwal, Co – Founder & Chairman, Signature Global

Indian real estate sector will shape up in a different manner now. With RERA on board and implemented in full force, each state will have a regulator in place to safeguard the interests of the buyers and promote fair dealings in the sector. The housing demand in particular, will catch up momentum which will allow better performance of the sector. But, apart from everything else, the one thing that will infuse buyer sentiments in the sector will be of timely deliveries.

Ashwani Prakash, Executive Director, Paramount Group

The regulatory act (RERA), has been able to arrest the uncertainty in the real estate sector, vis a vis the investors and end users. The mere passage of the bill had given a lot of clarity and made real estate dealings more transparent there by bringing the confidence in the investors and the end users.  Once this confidence sets in completely with it’s proper implementation, the market is bound to grow at a steady pace. Single window clearance system once implemented across the country will allow RERA to function smoothly, without which there might still be some barriers.

Rajesh Goyal, Vice President CREDAI-Western U.P. & MD, RG Group

Developers are certainly well prepared for this change now with RERA implemented across several states. The impacts are certainly going to be visible for both buyers and developers soon. Developers who are not able to deliver on their promises would be automatically filtered out reducing the existing supply in the market, the sector would be much more organised than before and people would be answerable for what is being done at each stage of project development. Buyers on the other hand would be assured of timely deliveries or assured penalty charges in cases of delay but simultaneously would see the property prices going up because of the supply reducing drastically.

Rakesh Yadav, Chairman, Antriksh India

This act is aimed at protecting the interests of consumers, and also seeks to promote fair play in real estate transactions and ensuring timely execution of projects. With this act in place, every state will now have a regulator who will be continuously supervising and monitoring. Moreover, the projects will now be completed on time and developers will have to submit all the layouts, plans and documents with the regulator who will ensure transparency and hence, customers will feel more secure while transacting.

Gaurav Gupta, General Secretary, CREDAI – RNE

RERA is the biggest thing to happen in the Indian real estate sector and we hope that it will infuse 300% more confidence in the buyers to buy their dream home. This in turn will allow end users to create demand, but will take a while to get going and certain case studies to prove its effectiveness. This act will safeguard the interests of every buyer which will allow a transparent and secured route to transact in future. Once the Act becomes fully functional in each state, grievances will not remain unanswered, and will come with a definite solution. RERA will open more sources of institutional funding for the sector as institutional confidence will also go up in the presence of a regulator. We hope that the teething problems in its implementation will sure be addressed by the government in a practical manner as the intentions of the government is very clear towards protecting the interests of the buyers rather than to strangulate the sector.

Dhiraj Jain, Director, Mahagun Group

RERA’s prime motive is to curb the irregularities persisting in the real estate sector and protect buyers’ interest. There are strict guidelines in the act against developers who are unable to deliver on time. But we cannot deny the fact that developers today are under severe pain of not getting the obligatory clearances and approvals on time; and if this continues then they’ll be axed for no reason. Thus, the government must ensure the passage of single window clearance, so as to allow the sector to work in a much systematic and organised manner, with full support for RERA as well.

Vikas Bhasin, MD, Saya Group

For long has the sector’s buyers and stakeholders being affected due to the absence of a watchdog for the real estate transactions. But with RERA now in place, there will a regulator in every state who will monitor all these activities and have solutions for the problems of the buyers. Developers who had been working fair and square need not worry much about the circumstances post the implementation of the act because adhering to norms and guidelines is a general business practice and that is what RERA is all about, to ensure all norms and guidelines are followed.