I am a salaried private sector employee. I own a flat in one of the Co-operative Housing society at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra state.
I have given this flat on “Leave and License agreement” through registered agreement to one family. I am staying outside Maharashtra at my place of posting due to job.
I am regularly and diligently paying society maintenance charges as per the society bill.
All of a sudden, society is now asking for additional 10% maintenance charges stating that it is decided in one of the society meeting that owner of the leased flat will have to pay additional 10% maintenance charges as compared to self-occupied FLAT by other owners.
I seek advice in the matter as follows.
[1.0] Is society legally empowered to demand 10 % extra maintenance charges from owner of the leased/rented flat just because the flat is not self-occupied by owner but leased/rented ?
[1.1] If yes, under which section of the act they are empowered to do so ? Is there any maximum limit stipulated in the law OR any of the court judgment ?
[1.2] If No, under which section of the act [OR any of the court judgment ] society can be challenged and asked to drop such illegitimate demand ?
What should I do and how ? Please advise.
Awaiting for your valuable inputs, opinion in the matter.