New guidelines for Retirement Homes

Created on 13.03.2019 14:00:17
New guidelines for Retirement Homes

A statement from the ministry of housing and urban affairs says that retirement home apartments can now only be sold after registration with the respective RERAs of the states and Union territories.

Hardeep S Puri, minister of state (independent charge) for housing and urban affairs, said that model guidelines have been laid out for the development and regulation of Retirement Homes.

The new guidelines would be enforced by the respective Real Estate Regulatory Authorities (RERAs) of the states and Union territories.

The model guidelines address the special needs and protect the rights of senior citizens and retirees, who aspire to spend their retired life independently in a safe, secure, and dignified environment.


The Union government has released a framework to regulate retirement homes under a new set of guidelines

To protect the rights of the residents, a list of “Basic Rights of the Allottee/ Resident of a Retirement Home” has been made out, some of which are:

Keeping in view the requirement of independent lifestyle choice, these Guidelines provide that any person can buy such apartments, but these must be solely used by a senior citizen.

Resident of Retirement Homes must be any person who is 60 years or over.

Promoter or developer can build and manage the Retirement Homes or engage a ‘Service Provider’ or ‘Retirement Home Operator’ for management of Retirement Homes. Such service providers must be registered with appropriate state authorities.

To encourage participation of promoter or developer to develop such projects, enhanced Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is proposed.

The Model Guidelines provide for disclosure of technical skill of the Service Provider at the time of executing the ‘Agreement to Sale’ in the form of a ‘Tripartite Agreement’ to be executed among the Developer, Service Provider (or Retirement Home Operators) and the Allottee.

The guidelines have provision for basic medical, safety, and security services like 24x7 onsite ambulance service, mandatory tie-up with emergency facilities with the nearest hospitals and pharmacy, medical emergency room, regular medical checkup of residents, emergency alarm systems, trained and skilled security personnel, CCTV cameras in common areas, prior police verification of all the personnel deployed in the Retirement Homes.

The service provider must provide customized services over and above the basic common services like internal and external housekeeping, managing dining services, assistance with legal services, etc, if required by the residents.

The statement issued by the ministry said that to ensure implementation of the guidelines, a task force for constant dialogue with the states and Union territories and other stakeholders will be set by the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA).

Ankur Gupta, co-chairman of Association of Senior Living India (ASLI), says: “The regulation and bylaw for senior living can help the customer and senior living sector. However, the release of bylaws is not actually customer friendly. The purpose which it is coming for will get defeated because the content does not protect the interests of either the customer or the sector. Dialogue with and participation of the industry is necessary before such regulations are released.”

The number of senior citizens in India stood at 10.4 crore in 2011, up from around 7.6 crore in 2001. This number is expected to grow to 17.3 crore by 2025 and touch 24 crore by 2050. By the end of the century, senior citizens will constitute nearly 34% of the total population of India.

“Senior citizens are a niche segment of residential real estate and their numbers are growing over the past few years. Parents are left behind as their children grow up and shift to other cities; thus, the need for housing created with senior citizens in mind, which has only grown with time. The guidelines are a welcome step, given that this is one segment which will need hand-holding — it is a step in the right direction,” Niranjan Hiranandani, president (national) Naredco, said.



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