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HDIL case: Court relief for home-buyers

City civil court has asked cops to look into the matter and act against those guilty after many buyers claimed HDIL had failed to hand over homes they had already paid for

At least 20 families who had booked luxury apartments developed by the Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) but are yet to gain possession of the flats, finally found reason to celebrate on Saturday. A local court asked the police to act in accordance with the law and if necessary, prosecute the developers for denying legal owners access to homes they had paid for. Over 300 families had booked the apartments in Kurla and made final payments to HDIL but the developer, according to the complainants, had held back possession letters and demanded more money from some of them.

Following the order from the city civil court, the local police station has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the developer. Officers at the Vinoba Bhave Nagar police station said they had already received 55 written complaints against the developer on the same issue.

The home-buyers had taken HDIL to court alleging that they were being denied the keys to apartments they had paid for. The complainants also claimed HDIL was demanding extra payments for the flats located in Kurla west. The firm was to hand over possession to over 100 homebuyers by December 2013 — a promise they are yet to fulfill.


Shabnam Latiwala, one of the home-buyers said, “An FIR has been registered with the Vinoba Bhave Nagar police station. There are more cases to be filed in the civil court against the developer. We are awaiting the next hearing date on April 9.”
When contacted, S B Raut, senior police inspector incharge of the case, said, “As we are yet to submit the report to the court we cannot share all the details but we have taken an FIR against the developer and we have received about 50 written complaints against the developer too from other home-buyers.”

The other side
A spokesperson for HDIL clarified, “We have already handed over 289 flats to those who bought flats at Kurla Premier Residency. The process of handing over of flats to homebuyers commenced as per schedule and this is just a sustained mischievous and malicious propaganda unleashed against the company. We have raised interest letters to customers, who have defaulted on the scheduled payments. We have given possession of flats to all those customers, who have paid the entire agreement amount. As the matter is sub-judice, we do not wish to respond to any other allegation.”

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5 Comments

  • HDIL Flat Owner08-Apr-2014

    HDIL is demanding cash payment for handing over possession of houses. Because we have refused to do so, they are harassing us with interest letters when the complet amount has been paid. There is no due on our side, its just a way of the builder flexing his muscle

  • Arif06-Apr-2014

    I have Paid 100 % of the Agreement Value in OCT 2013 but still to receive Possesion of Flat

  • Sunny06-Apr-2014

    Figure of 289 is not factually correct. Further there are about 1100 flats. What about the possession of the rest which was promised in December 2010, December 2011, December 2012 and December 2013 depending upon the date of sale agreement. The builder is prompt in sending demand letters for delayed payments but it is completely forgetting compensation for delay of up to 3.25 yrs in handover of flats. And it is running away from sending demand letters for illegal demand for extra payments.

  • HDIL, harrassed flat owners07-Apr-2014

    we are a group of about hundred customers who have bought houses in THE MEADOWS, a project by HDIL in goregaon west, launched in june 2010. Since then there has been very little progress on the construction front. The core issue with this projects has been the unexplained stalling of work since more than 3 yrs. All our request to the builder to explain the reason behind the same has gone to deaf ears. Our fate with HDIL is almost on the same lines at the Kurla project.

  • Unfortunate HDIL owner06-Apr-2014

    HDIL builders are thieves, even thieves have morals, these guys are simply beyond that. The flat is ready and now they are demanding extra money from us. At the time of booking, a club house and what not was promised but now nothing, on top of that they are demanding 8 to 10 lakh rupees extra saying that the cost of cement went up etc etc ..utter BS

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