Maintenance charges in co-operative housing societies
Maintenance charges are those expenses which are required to be made every month by the co-operative society or a society. These may be essential services maintenance also. Maintenance of lifts, maintenance of electricity generating plant or in short genset, sweeping of common areas, maintaining a mandatory green area, maintaining fire fighting equipment ready for use in case of need at any time.
Budget is a must for demanding maintenance charges
Before a society send a bill to the flat owners, it must be approved by a properly called annual general meeting of the society or a co-operative society by majority. The general meeting only has the power to fix the amount which shall be demanded by the managing committee every month or quarter or as determined by the general meeting.
If demand is raised by committee without approval of AGM/SGM
If any demand is raised by the managing committee without approval of AGM/SGM- annual general meeting or special general meeting; it is illegal demand as per the DCS Act and the DCS rules & the bye laws. The member can challenge the same in a Court of law and will not be liable to pay any interest on such illegal demand subject to verdict of the Court.
Society cannot demand beyond the legal provisions
For every demand to be made by the Society, there are legal provisions in the laws. Thus the society can plan through its managing committee only those expenses which are to be incurred and demanded which are legal and not other than legal expenses.
Celebrating Diwali or Id is not common expense
Celebration of religious function is not compulsory for every member and therefore, the committee cannot impose any charges for such functions in the maintenance bills
Co-operative group housing society Delhi
All co-operative housing societies and all co-operative group housing societies and also all co-operative organizations are under the administrative control of Registrar of co-operative societies, New Delhi for the entire societies in the NCT of Delhi i.e. National Capital Territory of Delhi. Any member having any problem against the Society, if not satisfied with the resolution by the Managing committee can approach / Complain to the Registrar of Co-operative societies and then the Registrar of co-operative societies will resolve the dispute or grievance.
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