Decoding Maintenance model — Housing Societies

Pic Credit — Creative Commons

Sharing ( Money, Time, Resource) is always tough, for time being let’s forget that Today we (very generalized ) don’t want to get in to the agreement of sharing with anyone no matter if we know them or even if we relate, until unless we are also in need of something in return.

When the medium is money than agreement of sharing becomes very very complex on that if we don’t know the other party then we just try to get best and share as less as possible.

Enough of philosophy, lets talk the real business.

Story Starts here

A year back I bought a 2BHK flat in a 250 flats apartment and from last couple of days most of the residents are brain storming, debating to come up with a maintenance model to maintain the complex, There are variety of sizes and types(1, 2 and 3 BHK) and need to come up with a model to share the expense.

Although at most of the societies with such a arrangement, it is based on area of individual’s flat but for obvious reasons those who own a bigger house wanted to follow something more creative, fancy, let me be very straight something where sharing is less, They suggested Equal divide ( ROFL Visibly unfair ;) ) and now the discussion is going on for Hybrid ( So called Common things + sqft may be ).

Elected Pundits are everyday digging the Ramanujan’s and Einstein’s notes to find the Magic constant and formula to make everyone Happy.

Being very vocal, I also got involved in this discussion and I am not able to buy the definitions/selection of common things presented. I believe in data and examples, and surprisingly no one has answer for my examples and cases, either they are considered exception or some out of the commode logic’s.

I personally feel the fair model is per sqft with some cap on number of residents, with true of my heart it is not because of I want to pay less owing a 2BHK. I will stand by my thoughts even I own a bigger house until unless someone convince me why they are right with logic and reasons, I want to listen. I will update this post if I get convinced.

There are few assumptions I am making to reach a fair Maintenance Model, I might be wrong and few may not agree ( Comments are welcome), but I need some reference point and these seems right to me for wider Indian way of Living.

Assumptions

  1. Maintenance is to maintain the available opportunities and c̶o̶m̶m̶o̶n shared resources, it is not for privilege or differential treatment.
  2. Let assume for lowest available unit in shared expense agreement, 1 BHK ( One Bedroom, Hall Kitchen house). The Maximum number of allowed permanent resident should be 4, if it is more than Four then they can be asked for more share in maintenance.( Lets not get in to Adult, Bachelor, Kids, Male, Female, Elder, Working, Non-Working, .. Maximum Four, Any Combination). 
    Anything more than Four is Over Capacity ( Can be questioned ) and less than four is Luxury and comfort ( Can’t be subsidized )
  3. Now with every addition of room, Lets add two more people in list, so for 2 BHK ( Two Bedroom, Hall Kitchen house), The maximum number comes is Six , 3 BHK it comes to Eight and so on. Same rule here, more than Maximum is questionable and less than is Luxury and comfort which can’t be subsidized with others.
  4. Now there can be different size for same BHK in a society, the only way to differentiate between them is Size of the house not the number of people until unless they hit the above Maximum allowed limit.
  5. This post is specific to Bangalore, India and as of today for Flats, UDS ( Undivided Land of Share) is calculated on Super built up area not the carpet area.
  6. Builder has created c̶o̶m̶m̶o̶n shared area out of the super built up area of each flat ( Based on Size). The bigger single units have created more shared area,which still belongs to them in the form of UDS

A picture worth thousand words …

For visual representation lets consider following pic. I am really sorry for bad MS paint skills, some credit goes to Microsoft also for still carrying the 95 style paint.

Sample Model- Each commode represents a Bedroom, I should have thought something else ;)

In above pic there are two 1 BHK, four 2 BHK and two 3 BHK. The expense of outside lights, security, gardening, cleaning needs to be shared.

Same like us, They need to come up with some model and for same obvious reasons bigger house owner said FLAT/Hybrid and reasons are below.

?? Shared Area is common

Point to be noted from assumptions Point 6 c̶o̶m̶m̶o̶n shared area has been created based on the size of each apartment.

Surprisingly all of the so called commons expenses above are based on the size of the so called common area. Sweeper, Gardner even the light fittings have been done based on the area not based on the house unit or based on number of residents.

At my flat when I was finalizing the maid for cleaning, the first question she asked was “what is the size of flat?” I assume the question was same for all.

Shouldn’t these expense should be divided based on each flat’s size is fair? The bigger houses has contributed to bigger shared area and this needs to be maintained now to preserve the value and their and other’s UDS.

From the pic, In the upper side of the pic, there are two 3 BHK, Despite of one It would have been also possible to have three 2 BHK’s. Forget about the model, Then the expense would have been shared between three flats? Not sure if I am illogical here? but in current case the bigger house owner is asking for subsidizing it.

?? Only two person is staying in my 3 BHK, while that 1 BHK has three

Point to be noted from the assumptions Point 2, The maximum expected/allowed limit

That’s luxury or comfort utilized only by you, you simply cannot ask others to subsidize it. You have been provided opportunity to accommodate more and it is up to you how use, you cannot blame others. If someone is hitting the maximum then only it can be questioned. I don’t think, I need to explain any better here

?? Amenities are common, I will pay based on size only if I get privilege

Point to be noted from the assumption Point 1 and Point 2, Maintenance is for maintaining the opportunities ( Amenities in this case ) not a privilege

You own a bigger house, the expectation was you can accomodate more people and from your house more people get opportunity to use the amenities. You can’t blame others if you are trading off luxury with utilization or if you are not utilizing the amenities at all. This reasoning should have been done before buying the apartment with those fancy amenities.

That’s it for now, I will keep updating this post as I get more fancy questions. Comments are very welcomed.

I fully agree that there are expenses which are really common, like office expenses or individual parking (builder to blame if you have small size) etc. But sorry not the above reasons.