Again I say, notwithstanding other opinions expressed here, that an unregistered Apartment Owners Association is illegal.
There was a case Chennai. An apartment owner in a building refused to pay his dues. The so called "Managing Committee" passed a resolution to cut his water supply and also executed the resolution. The aggrieved member went to court. The court said that as the Association was not registered it cannot be sued as a judicial entity. The court further said that if the person who actually closed the water supply or on whose order the water supply was closed could be identified, action could be taken against him. As the member did not or could not identify the person, the court sent notice and then order to each and every member in the building individually to restore the water supply. As the Managing Committee members were also among them, one of them restored the water supply.
In the case of an Apartment Owner's Association, if it is not registered, even criminal action can be taken against them. An Apartment Owners' Association is different from other type of Associations registered with the Charity Commissioner. In the case of most other Associations, membership is voluntary. It is not so in the case of an Apartment Association.
In fact if the Association is not registered, the liability of individual members acting as officials will not be limited.