Parking spaces have often been a matter of prime concern for several apartment complexes. Often there are some disputes like allocation of spaces or the fee structures. In recent times, developers and builders charge anywhere in between Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 15 lakhs for dedicated parking spots, but you must know that a builder is not authorized to sell parking spaces as individual real estate units.
According to the “Apartment Act” in most states, car parking is a part of the society’s common areas. Since the purchase of parking slots has been deemed illegal, the transaction to purchase would become null and void. Once the housing society is registered, it becomes the owner of all the common spaces of the apartment complex including the parking spots.
A builder has to provide a certain number of parking spaces basis the number of units of houses. As per a mandate from the High Court of Mumbai, the builder is not allowed to sell parking spaces outside the FSI consumed. This has been confirmed by the Supreme Court of India too.
Parking spaces are common spaces which belong to the housing society. Allotment of the same is at their discretion and the same can be done by means of First Come, First Serve or however the managing committee deems fit.
The apartment complex “Solely” owns the common spaces (Stilt or Open)
The members DO NOT own these spaces
Allotment of Parking space is a “Administrative function” and the Managing Committee as well as General Body are empowered to allot the parking space to its own registered members.
Parking area (Stilt, Open or whatever) is not covered under Floor Space Index (FSI) and hence is not saleable.
The bye-law provision pertaining to Parking “RIGHTS” is a gross violation of the various BMC & Fire act rules and has got no force of law, in Court of Law.
Parking space number is decided basis the Lay-Out Plan (LOP) as approved by the civic body (BMC). It is also under the Development Control Rules and under the Fire Act rules. The managing committee has to adhere to these and basis that allot parking spaces.
Parking spaces are common areas and hence deposit cannot be collected even if it is passed in the General Body Meeting. MCS Rule 39 restricts these rights of society to raise funds.
The above are the rules still in force on the subject query. Besides this, if the society is not initiating the action to facilitate the aggrieved members of the society, it can be taken up legally by first issuing notice, then approach appropriate court of law seeking relief and remedy.