Under the Karnataka Apartments Act, every apartment is to be considered as a single unit irrespective of its size together with common undivided interest in the common areas and amenities. Moreover, the undivided interest in the appurtenant common areas and facilities which an apartment owner enjoys cannot be separated from the flat(apartment) which he/she owns. Meaning thereby, all the apartment owners in a society have an undivided and common interest in the area and facilities which are to be equally and jointly enjoyed by all. Thus, it cannot be said that the stake of the owners of a bigger flat vis-à-vis the stake of an owners of smaller flat, in the common areas and facilities differs.
Even under in the rules framed under the Apartment Act, a provision has been included to levy monthly maintenance charges from all the flat owners; whereas no formula has been prescribed for levying the same. Thus, going by the spirit and intent of the Karnataka Apartment Act, it is clear that the flat owners cannot be charged monthly maintenance charges on the pro-rate basis depending upon the size of the flats owned by them. In any case, the said exercise would be discriminatory and violative of fundamental rights of such flat owners who own a dwelling unit (flat) bigger in size in comparison to owners of smaller flat.