Asked September 27, 2020

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Hello, I bought a flat in Bangalore in a complex of 168 flats. It is a resale flat and the registration has been completed. The apartment association has issued me a letter demanding a transfer fee payment of Rs 5/- per sft to the apartment owners association for changing the name of the flat to my name. When contested, they have cited apartment by-laws which were formed before the sale transaction date which contained a Rs 5/- per sqft of transfer fee from the buyer and the seller. My questions are: 1.Can the apartment owner associations collect fee for changing the owner name to my name in the form of transfer fee, legally? 2.In my sale deed I have clearly mentioned that any outstanding dues and fees to the apartment association is the responsibility of the seller. The apartment association says that transfer fee payment comes into picture only after the registration of the flat and hence the demand. What recourse I have in this case? I think seller will not pay this amount as the transaction is done from his side. Please advise. Thanks, Ananth

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