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I live in an apartment building.  The byelaws of the apartment owners association are silent about pets. One of the owners having two flats keeps dogs and cats as pets. His tenant too has a dog. The dogs/cats sometimes urinate/ defecate in common areas. Kindly advise me to save me from this nuisance?

- by James, K.R. Puram.

There is no restriction on maintaining pets by any individual. However, the owner of such pets should take precaution to save others from the nuisance caused by his pets to others and is responsible for any injury caused to the public. You can legally proceed against the owner of the pets for the nuisance suffered by you and for disturbance to your peaceful possession and enjoyment. 

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These are all the legal questions answered by Advocate S.Selvakumar in various magazines, in various occasion including realestate reporter monthly.

QUESTIONS

Q:- I purchased a flat with the approved sanctioned plan-ground plus three floors.  Now the developer has constructed pent house and on top of that there are water tanks. We have not got occupancy certificate so far, the builder is trying to bribe the concerned authority for occupancy certificate. Will he be successful? There is also no fire fighting measures in the building and the building is more than 19 meters in height. Kindly let me know that whether I will get the occupancy certificate in this condition.

Q:- I am Ambika and am working in Bangalore. Here, I booked one flat (and got flat registration based on Undivided land) in Sep-04 which was under construction and expected to be completed in June-06 end. I have paid the gross amount (Flat Value) in 8 installments starting from Sept-04 to June-05 (I am supposed to pay sales tax in last week of June-05) I came to know that service tax is now applicable on Flat purchased from 1st June 05. I am in doubt whether I have to pay service tax or not. Please clear my doubt and let me know whether service tax is applicable or not for those who have booked (and registered) the flat in Sept-04 but flat completion is in June-05. If yes, then how much will be the service tax.

Q:- Are there rules regarding the car park bought by the owner in an apartment complex? In case he does not possess a car can he use the area to store some items?

Q:- Is it ok to purchase a flat which is under CMC-DC converted land or will there be a problem in registration? What are the documents that are needed to be verified?

Q:- I have a 100 feet x 120 feet site allotted to me by BDA at J.P. Nagar area. I want to construct a Multistoried Apartment, is it permissible?