The RWAs have been telling these flat owners that they need such requests in writing and also require greater authority to be “local guardians” of the flats.
In most complexes in New Town, where a gated community was the site of a shootout between cops and gangsters, and in the big complexes in the city, 25%-40% of flats are owned by NRIs or those working in other cities. “People are calling from abroad and other cities. We are helping them as best as we can. However, we need to have greater authority to carry out such checks and the owners should give that in writing,” said Manav Mehera, president of Siddha Pines.
Owners who live outside have been told if their flats are empty, spare keys need to be provided to the RWAs to carry out regular checks on plumbing and electrical issues.
“Nearly 25% flats are owned by NRIs and those living outside the city. They need to take greater responsibility for their flats and tenants. They should follow up for police verification and hand over the NOC to us. We expect such owners to give greater authority to us in writing for conducting checks,” said Kallol Seal, a member of the executive committee of Uttara Housing Complex in New Town.
Absentee owners have been told that a list of empty flats has been handed to the security guards and if relatives are to open them up for checking, the RWAs should be emailed beforehand. Security guards will not allow anyone other than owners to enter empty flats without the email.
“The shootout has jolted everyone out of complacence. Flat owners who live elsewhere in the city are coming to our meetings now. But those who cannot turn up and are calling us up have been asked to give us more authority via email,” said Manoj Gupta, secretary of South City Residency.