PUNE: Several housing societies in the city have decided to hike the maintenance fee and residents are clearly unhappy with the move.

“We have suffered pay cuts and we’re trying to make ends meet in a limited budget. Though the income had reduced, bills have not. From this month, the management committee of our housing society has also increased the maintenance fee by 10%,” says Rupali Naik, resident of NIBM road.

Wanowrie resident Rahul Agarwal said, “I thought that the society is overcharging me but I found out that these are additional costs for sanitation that will be added to the maintenance charge. We don’t know whether it will be for the next few months or more. They have said that it is a temporary increase. In addition, we also have to pay for regular check ups for domestic help and security staff.”

Sumit Patel, a resident of Salunkhe Vihar, said, “Living in a housing society is getting very expensive. This year, the rent has been increased because the flat owner has to pay the extra maintenance charges.”

A member of managing committee of a single-building housing society in Kondhwa said, “We have had a couple of Covid-19 cases in our building. We have to keep up the sanitization standards to ensure residents’ safety. For this, the expenses have risen over the last few months we have been using our funds. Now, since sanitization costs have become a regular expense we have to add it to the maintenance charge.”

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