Maintenance charges for CGHS members living in tower NOT having lift

The members of a co-operative group housing societies do not understand that the maintenance charges levied by a housing society are not for the purpose of maintenance of the individual member’s house, but for the common maintenance, repairs and acquiring or reconstructing of the common infrastructure of the co-operative group housing society.

Maintenance of inside part of an individual’s house is the responsibility of the individual flat owner. But, outside the flat, there are many requirements for the society’s premises and many common area services. to say a few as society’s office, peripheral and common roads, common passages, security arrangements at the guard room and inside the premises of the co-operative group housing society, water supply to all the flats and common areas, supply lines, sewer lines, lifts in the Towers specially built of bigger size where it is essential to have a lift, staircases of all the flats, telecom lines and intercom lines, etc., which are for the common use of all members of the society and which have to be taken care (by the society). Therefore, the co-operative group housing society has to bear these expenses even if some individual members’ houses may be lying vacant and not occupied. Society cannot close down its any of such services, if a few houses are lying vacant because the possession is not taken over by the member.

If one understands the concept of co-operatives, one will certainly feel that, it is not the fault of the society if some members are keeping their houses un-occupied but it is duty of each and every member of the co-operative society to ensure that co-operative group housing society is maintained properly and as required under the laws of the land. Therefore, each member is generally required to pay the monthly maintenance charges to the society irrespective of whether or not his house is lying vacant or un-occupied.

It is also seen that there are societies having different concept in their bye-laws. One concept is, components of the monthly maintenance charges based on area and the other concept is to fix it uniformly for all the members of the co-operative society. In fact, it is for the bye-laws of the co-operative group housing society to provide for varying  options to pass in their general body meetings on their monthly maintenance charges. It is the duty of the members to regularly pay the maintenance charges to the society, otherwise the very purpose of having a co-operative society would be defeated since every member has to make his contribution towards the society in the spirit of cooperation.

In case some of the members become defaulters in the sense they fail to pay their common monthly maintenance charges, it is advisable to persuade and convince them about the requirement of paying those charges. If they do not understand the need of the co-operative society and notices may be sent to them to pay the common maintenance charges to the co-operative group housing society. If bye-laws of the co-operative group housing society provide for charging of interest for late payment, the same may be levied and shown separately. However, if certain members still fail to pay the monthly maintenance charges that are due from them, then the only option left with the society is to take legal action against them as per the Delhi Co-operative Societies Act, 2003 (the DCS Act 2003) and The Delhi Co-operative Societies Rules, 2007 (the DCS Rules 2007)read with Bye laws of the co-operative group housing society.

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