The Delhi Development Authority has been over the years launching housing schemes for many of its upcoming and existing apartments. While thousands of them apply, a certain percentage gets to buy the house through a lucky draw. Of these, a certain number of flats are surrendered every single time.
In the ongoing session of the Lok Sabha, Minister of State of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri in a written reply to the house said that about 6,500 flats allotted last year under the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) housing scheme have been surrendered by the allottees. Of these, 4,500 apartments were allotted to the organisations such as Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for accommodation of their personnel deployed in various parts of the national capital.
“The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has intimated that about 6,500 flats allotted under the DDA Aawasiya Yojana-2017, have been surrendered by successful allottees,” Puri was quoted in a PTI report.
While some allottees provided no reason for surrendering the apartment, some have stated that built-up area of the allotted flat was not sufficient to meet their requirements. So, what is the process that an allottee has to follow if they plan to surrender a DDA flat?
The first step
*To begin with, the applicant who has been allotted the apartment has to submit the request for cancellation and refund amount. They have to attach certain documents and submit with a letter and submit at counter 4 of the DDA’s office at Vikas Sadan. The documents you need to submit include:
-Original demand-cum-allotment letter
-Original acknowledgment slip of the application form
-The no-objection certificate (NOC) of the bank through which the registration money was financed otherwise copy of bank pass book through which the registration money was deposited. The registration money differs with every scheme. For instance, for the 2018 housing scheme the registration fee for a lower-income group (LIG) flat was Rs 1 lakh while for the middle-income group (MIG) and higher-income group (HIG) flats was set at Rs 2 lakh.
-A crossed cheque of the bank account of the allottee in which refund is sought, and
-Proof of residence in case the address is different from what was given in the application form.
Change in plan
In the recently concluded scheme of 2017, the DDA, due to the long and expensive procedures of refund, made some changes to the surrender policy. In order to ensure only genuine buyers participate, the DDA announced that once the flat is allotted, the complete registration fee will not be refunded to the allottee, in case he plans to surrender.
So, if an applicant wants to withdraw between the date of the draw and the date of issuing of allotment letter, 25 per cent of their application money will be forfeited whereas, if they plan to cancel within 90 days of the date of allotment, 50 per cent of the application money will be forfeited. And, those who surrender after the allotment will not be returned any money.
However, the DDA allowed the applicants to cancel or withdraw their application before the draw.