PGs not allowed!

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 24-06-2022 | 06:00 am

PGs not allowed!

Paying Guests (PGs) are not welcome in residential societies in the city and the statistics speak for themselves. The District Registrar of Cooperative Societies in Ahmedabad receives at least 10 applications from housing societies about paying guests each month. The loathing towards students, bachelors and girls taking up paying guest accommodation is widespread with most societies across Ahmedabad adopting resolutions preventing PGs from taking up residence there. Some even put restrictions on specific rent agreements.There are about 6,750 Cooperative Housing Societies and more than 3,500 service societies in Ahmedabad.District Registrar of Cooperatives Dr Stuti Raval told Mirror that they receive as many as 10 applications relating to complaints about PG accommodations every month inthe city.The ruleThose in the know said Cooperative Housing Societies can adopt resolutions restricting members from giving their apartments to PGs and specific groups on rentals if such a resolution is passed in a general meeting with a majority andadopted.However, in the case of a Cooperative Housing Service Society, the society cannot dictate the terms and the owner can let out his flat on PG or to whomever he wants.Explaining the concept, Dr Raval said in a Cooperative Housing Society, the society is the owner of the apartment including the common spaces such as parking, garden and other areas. “However, in a service society, ownership lies with the apartment holder and maintenance is fixed only for common areas such as garden or cleaning,” she said.She said this means if a person is living in a service society, they can give the house to PGs but if you live in a cooperative housing society you cannot give it to PGs or others if the society has passed a resolution against the same with a majority.The disputes concerning such are often referred to the Board of Nominees.Gandhinagar District Registrar of Cooperatives Chetan Parmar said in a Cooperative Housing Society the status of an owner is like that of a tenant and the society is the ‘actual owner’.“In a service society, the buyer is the owner of the flat and all owners together decide on the maintenance to be collected for the common amenities. The society can adopt resolutions as per their bylaws,” said Parmar.He said the concept of a service society where a builder sells the apartment and a service society is formed for the maintenance of the apartment has picked up from 2006.“Since then 99 per cent of all the societies are registered as Co-operative Service Societies. No one builds Co-operative Housing Societies now,” said Parmar.ConflictRecently Ratna Paradise, a service society, hired bouncers to prevent girl students of Nirma College living as PGs in an apartment in the society from entering the premises. The apartment was owned by Yogesh Patel. Later a majority of the society owners passed a resolution barring owners from letting out their flats to PGs, bachelors and single women.Patel, who has taken legal steps to ensure that he can rent out his flat to single women, said the society wants owners to rent apartments only to families.Rakshika Dhawan, owner of a four BHK at Sarthak Tower, a housing society in Ramdevnagar has rented out their flat to four different people. “We have not given our house to PGs. It is rented out to four working bachelors who have been staying there for several years now. We have their rent agreements, police verifications and Aadhar Cards, which have been submitted to the society,” said Dhawan.

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