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TOPIC: Apartment maintenance and byelaws amendment

Apartment maintenance and byelaws amendment 9 months 3 weeks ago #8902

Dear experts,
As per Tamilnadu apartment ownership act 1994 (act VII of 1995) Chapter V point 19.1, clearly says that maintenance should be levied on per sqft basis. I am presently MC of a 62 unit apartment wherein the maintenance is on common(PF+PSF) basis. By following this method, the smallest unit is paying 2.80 sq.ft while the biggest unit is paying 2.23 sq.ft. We have newly taken over and changed the manpower agency and reduced the monthly spending considerably. Now we want to reduce the maintenance cost. The new MCs have proposed 2.35 PSF. By following this method all flats will be paying less than the present except the biggest flat. The owner will be paying more than the present maintenance amount. Unfortunately he also happens to be the treasurer of our association. So we have given him the smallest reduction by which he will be paying 2.15 PSF while other 61 will be paying 2.35 PSF. 3 of the residents have said they are happy with reductions but it should be 2.35 for the biggest flat as well.
1) What do you propose?
2) Can we follow the new method on trial basis without amending byelaws for 3 months?

3) Also what is the rule in tamilnadu for unoccupied flats. Some owners are abroad and their flats are empty from day 1. While some owners have locked their flat with their things and went onsite. They are asking for discounts as none of the amenities are being used by them and are not paying maintenance for the past 10 months. They are expected to be abroad for 2 more years.
Kindly advice on the same.
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