More relief is coming to the home buyers in India. All on-going housing projects in India will be under RERA. Bombay High Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA). Previously the act was challenged by the developers in the Bombay High Court on various grounds but the court has dismissed a host of these petitions.

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It is the first time that a High Court across the country has given its verdict on RERA. State Governments that kept most of the delayed projects under the ‘on-going’ housing will now have to put them under the RERA ambit. According to the law, any on-going project which did not get a completion certificate before May 1, 2017, will first have to get registered by the regulator. The developers will also need to submit the new dates for which the project will be completed.


In India, 2.9 million housing units are running behind schedule and over 0.6 million projects have delayed it for more than 2 years. To counter this, the Central Government had asked the State Governments to make a report of the on-going projects in India an put it under the Central Database.

The real estate market is in a topsy-turvy position due to the implementation of RERA Act. All the housing projects in India have been under the radar by RERA regulators. It ensures the consumers receive their housing projects on time. It also brings transparency to the real estate sector.

Exemption From RERA Earlier

  • Andra Pradesh was one such state that gave exemption to housing projects if 50% of sale deeds was done.
  • Karnataka made housing projects out of RERA purview if 60% of the project was complete.
  • In Maharashtra, if any building in the project was complete, it was kept away from RERA Act.

What Next?

The Centre had fought for RERA in the High Court. The High Court stands with the implementation of RERA Act. The decision of Bombay High Court compels the States to take the corrective measures. Hence, all on-going housing projects across the country will be under the act.

The housing projects in India have been delayed for long and hence, this step by the Government will bring smiles to the face to the consumers. This is certainly a step ahead for people who have invested their life savings into these standstill projects.

To further know about the changes to be brought by the current government in real estate sector, please click the following link. If you are planning to invest in a Bangalore based project, you must know how Bangalore is changing in next decade before investing.

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