MahaRERA has forced builders to extend completion timelines: Knight Frank India study

[] The introduction of the RERA in Maharashtra may force home buyers to wait longer for their homes, as more than 50 per cent of the projects that registered with the authority have extended their completion timeline by over a year, finds a study by Knight Frank India

Hundreds of residential projects, promised to be handed over to home buyers this year, have suddenly witnessed a leap in delivery timelines in the wake of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016 becoming a reality, found a Knight Frank India analysis. The report took a close look at residential units registered with the Maharashtra RERA regulator or the MahaRERA in the Mumbai suburbs, until August 16, 2017.

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According to the report, timelines for almost six out of ten under-construction units (57 per cent) were revised by more than a year. For nearly one-fourth (24 per cent) of the 1,07,875 registered units, the completion deadline was pushed by 12 to 18 months. The report further found that 19 per cent of under-construction homes were delayed by 24 to 48 months and 10 per cent of these properties would not get completed before four years. Just about one-third of the units listed with the MahaRERA, are set to be completed on time, the report added.

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Commenting on the findings, Samantak Das, chief economist and national director-research, Knight Frank India, said: “The MahaRERA database is an eye-opener for customers in the residential market. Our analysis of the database, shows that significant number of residential units lie unsold, in projects that should have been completed as per the initial commitment of delivery. Another crucial trend that comes to light, is that there was a lack of seriousness in the completion time commitments made to the buyers, before RERA came to effect. Going forward, the MahaRERA database or similar information networks created by other states, would bring the missing information parity between buyers and developers. The availability of such detailed information, would also play a crucial role in the financial planning of home buyers, setting a new paradigm in the real estate sector.”

Projects registered until August 16, 2017, in key central and western suburbs, were covered in the analysis. This included the Andheri and Borivali talukas, which stretch from Bandra in the south and extend up to Dahisar in the north. In the central suburbs, the study covered the Kurla taluka spanning Tilak Nagar to Mulund.

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The study also found that at least 48 per cent of the registered units stood unsold. Nearly a third of the units in projects that should have been complete, as per their initial proposed date of completion, still lie unsold. The unsold inventory level for units scheduled to be delivered by July 2018, as per the initial commitment of completion, stands at a staggering 55 per cent.

Revised completion timelines of registered units (as on August 16, 2017)

Number of months postponed Number of residential units Percentage of units
0 36,068 33%
0-6 3,344 3%
6-12 7,041 7%
12-18 25,680 24%
18-24 4,781 4%
24-48 20,955 19%
>48 9,852 10%
Grand Total 1,07,875

Source:, Knight Frank Research

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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