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I am a building contractor.  One of my clients, a nationalized bank has included a clause of defect liability in the agreement and also refers to guarantee.  Please inform what is meant by defect liability, guarantee  and warrant period?

- by Raja Reddy, Guntur

Defect liability period means the period in which quality of construction is tested/verified.  This period would be generally for 6 months including rainy season. During defect liability period the builder will be liable to rectify any defects noticed in the construction like seepage of water, structural cracks in the walls.  The purchaser will retain a portion of the consideration amount which will be released only after the lapse of the defect liability period.

Guarantee is a contract which is personal in nature between the individuals, companies, firms.  Guarantor would always be a third person, who is liable to compensate in case of any loss suffered.  The word surety is also used instead of guarantee.  This practice is prevalent mostly in financial transactions and performance contracts.

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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 am a regular reader of Real Estate Reporter particularly the columns, frequently asked questions and questions & answers on property matters. Recently I was transferred to Mandya and negotiated a house for rent. The owner insisted on an agreement of 11 months only whereas I wanted for three years. Please let me know, what is the secret behind this eleven months agreement?

Q:- I had taken land on lease for 99 years and had constructed a multistoried building. The Lease deed contains a clause, “Cannot assign, underlet or sublet or part with the possession of the demised property without the previous permission of the lesser”. The lease deed provides for construction of building, I have given portions of the building on leave and license to various businessmen. The lesser has issued a notice demanding subletting charges from me and has also marked the copies to licensees demanding to pay the subletting charges. What is the remedy? Can the Lesser institute legal action against me and other licensees?

Q:- In our Apartments (12 flats) the builder, represented by sellers GPA, has sold the open land in front/rear of ground floor flats to them and a car parking at the main entrance gate to 3rd floor owner.  Schedule of A property measures 7190.5 Sft.  Schedule B property spells out an undivided share, right, title and interest in that piece and parcel of property described in Schedule A mentioned, equivalent to 538.80 Sft. for C type flats;  570.40 Sft. to B type flats;  measuring 688.30 Sft. to A type flats. C schedule spells out individual flats super built up area together with proportionate share in common areas with car parking. That is the sale deed puts the owners in physical possession of 538.80 Sft (C type) 570.40 Sq.ft (B type) and 682.30 Sft (A type) undivided interest in the said schedule property. Also the builder/sellers have retained the right to use the Terrace to put up further floors and the facilities provided including lift are just sufficient for 12 flats.  Is it lawfully right to sell the common land, car parking at the main entrance to the 3rd floor owner.  Is it lawfully right to retain the terrace rights and put up further floors?

Q:- My mother deceased recently. Father has expired long ago. My mother has left behind property worth Rs.60.00 lakhs.  It is herself acquired property. She has not made any will. We are four brothers and two sisters in all.  One of the brother and sister died subsequent to the death of the mother.  The deceased brother and sister have one son each. Since all are settled independently, we want to sell the property.  Please guide us who should join the execution of the sale deed?

Q:- I am a Law student. My sister would be purchasing a house in Malleshwaram and has requested me to prepare a sale deed.  Can I do it?