What is Partial Occupancy Certificate


What is a Partial Occupancy Certificate?
Partial Occupancy certificates are granted to large residential projects in part or for the part completion of the project or blocks of it. Once the specific phases of the projects are complete the local authorities like the BBMP or the BDA issues a Partial OC after due inspection of the completion of that phase. Eventually as the next phase also finishes being constructed another partial OC is issued. When the entire project is being completed the authorities issue an OC in replacement of the Partial OCs. In short the Partial OC allows the part occupancy of the project. The validity of the Partial OCs will be till the project construction is complete and the final OC is issued for the whole project. The provision of the partial OC is given as per the enactment as laid down in the bye laws of the Section 5.7 of the Bengaluru Building Bye-Laws 2003. The concept of the issuance of Partial Occupancy Certificate is not new but it is gaining more recognition as the construction of phased buildings are in to vogue more and more.
Pros and Cons of the Partial Occupancy Certificate
The Partial Occupancy Certificate can give  the developer a biggest financial advantage as before the completion of the whole project the possession of the few of the blocks can be delivered. With this one can apply for electricity, water and other connections.
But the disadvantages and the difference with an Partial Occupancy Certificate is that one can’t apply for home loans or neither can one apply for Khata Certificate as they can be issued against the OC only. In this respect the expert realtors caution the buyers that one has to see whether the occupier is given the Partial OC or the OC at the time of occupancy.

Living in a flat without occupancy certificate? You may lose power


Repo-rateBGALURU: Rajini Chengappa, 58, and husband Vivek, 65, bought a flat in Kodigehalli, off Hebbal, in 2012. They moved into the sixth-floor flat a year later.

The builder, Vivek says, had promised them an occupancy certificate (OC), but it has remained a promise. The Chengappas are not alone in their plight. Thousands of homeowners are facing a similar quandary. Nearly 10,000 buildings in Bengaluru, including 50% of apartments built after the Karnataka government introduced transfer of development rights (TDR) in the city in 2005, do not have OCs, say official sources.

In many cases, though the building plans are approved, OCs are denied due to other violations. Obtaining an OC is a requirement under the Karnataka Apartment Ownership Act, 1972. The law says one cannot legally move into a building unless the developer gets an occupancy certificate from the BBMP or BDA. The corporation can ask apartment owners to leave such illegally occupied flats or impose heavy penalties.
Replying to a question at the recent Belagavi assembly session, chief minister Siddaramaiah had said only 97 highrises in Bengaluru have obtained OCs between 2009 and 2014, while promising stern action against builders violating construction norms.
Energy minister DK Shiva Kumar echoed similar views and directed officials to get tough with apartment builders, by disconnecting power.
But it’s not as easy as it seems, considering the quantum of violations, nexus between civic officials and builders and a lack of stringent laws. Many errant builders and developers have, over the years, gone scot-free, say those familiar with the working of the sector.
There are several examples of builders disappearing without giving OCs and legal water connections to housing complexes. Apprehensive of losing their homes, buyers who’ve invested hard-earned money move into their flats and make do with water from pumps and water tankers.

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