Where a law abiding citizen is considered impractical

Like many I wanted to own a property in a city where I grew up. I came back from the US with a lot of promise and aspiration to buy an apartment (Condominium) in Chennai, India – The place where I grew up and lived most part of my life… But it has been 6 months since I returned, the aspiration or dream has not come true.

Well there are several constraints such as location, size, layout, price (of course) that I have to play with to strike a balance make some compromises. If these were the only one, I would have been already living in my own apartment. But there is one constraint I did not think of and is outside of my ability to manage that still prevents me from buying a house – Deviation: Floor plan approval vs actual.

What is a deviation – There are several types of deviations in constructing a house. But in simple terms it is called ‘breaking the law’. The local government authority (in my case CMDA) stipulates guidelines on how a house/apartment needs to be constructed. If you see most of these rules are primarily for safety reasons – i.e. If a house catches fire it should not quickly spread to other houses, if there is an emergency people are able to exit easily and safely, if there is an emergency a rescue vehicle is able to reach the spot, etc…

Unfortunately almost all the builders do not comply with these guidelines. They believe these rules are not practical and cannot be followed. As a matter of fact, I booked an apartment with a leading builder. When we started verifying the papers, there was a difference of 147 sq feet between the CMDA approval and the salable area (Thanks to my wife for the good catch – If not for her thorough verification, I may have missed it). When enquired, they were candid and mentioned that deviation is very common and that I was the only person to make a big deal out of it. Well I did make a big deal out of it and got my money back.

One of the main reasons this is happening is because buyers ‘don’t care’. There is a lot of money out there in the hands of people and they just want to invest. There is absolute madness with respect to real estate in Chennai. There are a lot of issues with this attitude which I want to deal with in another blog. But the least I would expect people to do is to check if what they are buying is according to law.

It is a horrible and nauseating feeling that people care so much about Vasthu compliant houses but not approval compliant houses. You may even see builders advertising saying that their apartments are Vasthu compliant but there are very very very few who can claim that their house as approval compliant.

Well am not going to give up. I will continue to insist on CMDA approval compliant apartment/house. At worst what could happen?? I may not be able to buy a house, people may call me impractical. Atleast I know I did not break the law and that I was a good citizen who does not think that the rules are only for others and not for me.

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My friends call me Goks and I like being called that way. :-) I am a Piscean by my sun sign and I perfectly fit the description that is available in any public domain. I am just saying that so that I dont have to write too much here. I am married and have a beautiful family... The fact that am married will reflect on my blogs hence no politically incorrect comments or posts from me... ;-) I started blogging in Sep 2009 after being inspired by a friend of mine (Actually my mentor on a lot of aspects of life) I discovered that it is a great way to express myself... Here is where I write - https://gokulraman.wordpress.com Am also an amateur photographer learning everyday. I have always felt that capturing something picture worthy on a camera is a very rewarding experience. Sharing it with others and seeing them enjoy that picture is even more rewarding. I take pics of just about anything hence no specialities. I specifically like shooting nature, animals, landscapes, etc. So if you are bored with what I have written, pls visit my photography blog... http://goks3rdeye.wordpress.com

Posted on June 3, 2012, in Chennai, Chennai Realestate, India, life, Opinion, Peelasophy, Random thought, Travel, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Dont give up, Gokul. Surprisingly, even the home loan guys, who are supposed to verify details, conveniently ignore some details. Good luck … while your points are valid, i wouldnt say u r in a hopeless situation. Happy hunting … school for kid, home …. for a change, seems these are as difficult as the searches in say, a shaadi.com 😉

    • 🙂 Thats true Ranga… Am sure there are ‘Deviations’ on shaadhi.com too… 🙂 But frankly I have stopped searching for a house.. from time to time, I get interested but soon lose interest when I hit issues like this.

  2. respect my friend, i have for you! respect! I wish more people were like this!

  3. BTW, Just out of curiosity…who is the builder?

    You must be able to find a good apartment without deviations. I was in the market for an apartment some 18 months ago and it wasn’t easy. I concluded that most new builders are a total rip off and resale apartments are either not maintained well or have deviations or both. I finally settled for 8 year old Alacrity apartment. I am happy with the choice…I suggest you look for resale Alacrity apartments. I have 2 apartments from them. Too bad they are not in business anymore.

    As to new builders, check out GRN Builders, Navin Housing. XS real, Real Value. I don’t have first hand experience, but they appear to better than others.

    • The builder was VGN. I did find Navin without deviation too but the location and budget was way out of reach. So I have finally settled down for the Cee Dee Yes – Chennai Pattinam – within budget, no deviation. Obviously out of town and not immediately liveable but atleast did not burn my pocket. 🙂

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