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Mischievous Management of Societies.- Clip them by amending Bye-law- Tenants Not to pay Higher Service Charges.

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  • Sridharan Pillai Pakkam Nattu
    Dear Mumbaikars, NETWORKING FOR TRANSFORMATION S.NO. 16, 1.9.08 TENANTS TO GET ALL SERVICES LIKE OTHER MEMBERS W/ O ADDITIONAL CHARGES. Mumbaikars are the
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2008
      Dear Mumbaikars,

                     NETWORKING FOR TRANSFORMATION  S.NO. 16, 1.9.08

       TENANTS TO GET ALL SERVICES LIKE OTHER MEMBERS W/ O ADDITIONAL CHARGES.

      Mumbaikars are the most enterprising people. They sweat and prosper. But they have too many problems to attend. For want of time they are unable to followup the issues to get solutions.


      BMC and Managing Committees of Hsg Societies are the most corrupt organisations testing the patience of the people. A lot has been written on these issues but I would like to mention one or two in the Management of  Housing Societies.

      Leave and License Charges or NoC charges : Court judgements and Govt order has restricted these charges to a Maximum of 10 % of Service Charges..

      To compensate this some housing societies are compelling the

      1. tenants or members letting out flats to Pay Donation of few thousands every time a new tenant occupies.

      2.tenants to pay exorbitant parking charges for  two wheelers and family cars

      The AGM and the Managing Committees wants to meet the increasing cost of maintenance to be squeezed out from the tenants.

      They want a pound of flesh of the tenant and the owners of flat who has let out their accommodation.


      Many arguments are put forth to legitimatize the action.

      We must look into the interest of the members, tenants and the owners.

      So clipping non occupancy charges has taken many ugly avatars.

      The Secretary of State Co-Operative and Marketing should amend Bye-law to clip the AGM and Managing Committees to ensure that the charges of the tenants for any services should be the same as applicable to the members.

      Mumbai has tremendous shortage of residential accommodation. If a middle class employee is transferred to Mumbai, he will have to spend a minimum of Rs 10, 000 to get a rented flat.

      Municipal corporation is also trying to squeeze owners of rented flats to pay a very high property tax of 83 % of the rent.Due to ensuing election, the proposal has been kept in abeyance.

      All these crooked and so called innovative thinking will make Mumbai as the
      No 1 city to avoid.


      THE INTEREST CHARGES ON DUES OR ARREARS SHOULD BE BROUGHT DOWN
       FROM 21 % TO MAXIMUM OF 12 OR 15 %.


      At the timed of adopting the New Bye-law in 2000-01 , public of  Ghatkopar drew the attention ot the
      Secretary, Dept of Cooperation. We have passed high interest regime long back and it is not wise to continue with the Max 21 % interest p.a.


      It will become difficult to get people at all levels at reasonable salary.

      This means missing Competitive Edge and Advantage to others.

      I request the readers to seriously discuss on these issues.

      Regards,

      P.N.Sridharan.
      Sarena C 502
      Shanti Park
      Ghatkopar East
      Mumbai 400077
      Ph:91-022-2506 5011
    • pvenkat21
      Dear Mr Sridharan, 1. It is the basic underlying principle of co-op law that the members come together to run the society as a group. Naturally a few have to
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 1, 2008
        Dear Mr Sridharan,

        1. It is the basic underlying principle of co-op law that the members
        come together to run the society as a group. Naturally a few have to
        be selected to lead the day to day task and form the MC. Due to the
        onerous duty cast of members of the MC very few come forward to help
        out in Society matters. So by default the same groups of volunteers
        keep coming forward year after year in most cases.

        2. In spite of coming forward and doing voluntary service at the cost
        of personal time for family etc over weekends, all sorts of
        unsubstantiated allegations are let looks on the sincere few, detering
        them from coming forward also. Members are often irresponsible in the
        barrage and your post reveals this vein.

        3. A member who lets out a flat, does two things wrong against the
        interest of the society. One is he is absent on matters pertaining to
        smooth running of the society and often does not attend even AGMs.
        Second he makes 'money' by renting out his premises and reaps a
        monetary benefit while his other members work towards the welfare of
        the society.

        4. It is with this background that MCs and members feel that in case
        of non occupation, members ( and therefore the licensees ) must pay
        something more to compensate the endeavours of the MC.

        5. The interest rate of 21% is intended to be penal in nature and is
        not meant to be compensatory in nature. A society cannot run without
        the funds coming from members. When water bill and property tax bills
        arrive the cheque has to be issued. It is not heartening to know that
        defaulting members are paying similar interest rates equivalent to FD
        interest. The money is needed in the bank account of the society.

        I would also expect larger members of this group to join in on the
        debate so that good sense will prevail all societies will be run in a
        co-operative manner as is the intention of the idea.

        P. Venkatraman
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