Pune: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra state government has made the provision for online leasing and for rental agreement service. However, this has led to a sharp rise in the number of fake leaseholders in major cities like Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad.
To curb these tenancies, the Association of Real Estate Agents has demanded that only Re-Appointed Certified Service Providers (ASPs) be allowed to lease or carry out agreements online and that is open websites to be shut down.
Sachin Shingvi, President of the Association of Real Estate Agents, said, “In order to curb this, only government-appointed certified service providers (ASPs) should be allowed to lease online and open websites should be shut down. A letter has been sent to Inspector General of Registration Omprakash Deshmukh, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat in this regard.”
He added, “The aim in which they had commenced this provision is not fruitful as it is now making money for fraudsters and many earning with extra money for petty work.”
Meanwhile, in 2018-19, while appointing Certified Service Providers (ASPs) appointed by the Maharashtra state government, strict security rules and regulations were followed. A security deposit of Rs 25,000 was taken along with a guarantee. With the help of user ID and password on the website, the concerned appointed person was allowed to register the official lease or rental agreement. There was still a demand to take action accordingly.