Builder told to return 78-yr-old’s Sobo flat

MUMBAI: The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed a developer to return the flat to a 78-year-old Byculla tenant which she had given for redevelopment.

Aysha Parekh had handed over her flat to the builder in 2009. However, when the builder did not return the flat even after the completion of the project, the 78-year-old was compelled to approach the redressal commission. The disputes forum also directed the developer to pay compensation of ₹1 lakh for causing mental agony and trauma to the septuagenarian, as well as an arrear of ₹7.41 lakh as compensatory rent for a period of four years and 11 months, along with the interest on the amount at 9%.

Parekh’s advocate Hasan Shaikh said the developer had offered the complainant a bigger flat in three years’ time. An agreement to this effect was also executed and Parekh received ₹13,000 per month as compensatory rent till 2012, after which the developer stopped paying rent.

Parekh then approached the state commission in 2016. The developer told the commission that Parekh was not the actual tenant. But the claims were not substantiated with evidence.

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