Fraud by the Builders


Real estate sector has witnessed many scams and these scams are the result of fake promises or freebies by the some of the builders which eventually turns out to be fraud. Lately, these frauds have become the front pages’ news and buyers are now in fear that what if they face the same issue. This article is going to shed some light on the list of the frauds by the builders.

We have analyzed the common of the frauds, along-with their remedy which is as under:

1) False promises about the return on money

Just to sell inventories, some builders commit the kind of promises which becomes the bait to get customers. Not long ago there was a trend of promising % of returns on invested money. Builders used to fake about the percentage return on invested money until the time of possession and the cheque they gave would bounce.

Remedy –

  1. Research about the past of the builder and its projects
  2. Sign a legal agreement for the promise
  3. Don’t get lured by extra income
  4. Get every conversation recorded
  5. Complaint to RERA

2)    Fraud over the title of the property

This is the duplicity of the title deed and selling the same property to the gullible buyers. This is an act of cheating just to muddle with the money of buyers.

Remedy –

  1. Continuous follow-up for change of title
  2. File complaint about any delay and issue

3)    Delay in the completion of the project.

The delay in completion of the project is just because of the builder wrong intention of making huge profits. After getting the booking amount from the buyers they launch their new project and keep on pooling funds from one project to another.

Remedy –

  1. Ask for compensation
  2. File RERA complaint
  3. Ask for a refund for the amount

4)    Intentionally delay in approvals

Builders on purpose delay the various approvals like approval from electricity board. Even though the project is completed on time but there is no use of property without electricity or water. Superficially It seems like that project is ready to be possessed by the buyer but in reality, it is not.

Remedy –

  1. Ask for approvals
  2. Enquire from respective department
  3. Check the details on RERA website

5)    Subvention Scheme

In subvention, scheme homebuyer pays the 5-20% of booking amount and rest is paid by the Bank to the Developer. The monthly installments of the buyer start after getting the possession of the property. Under this scheme, builder run away after taking the initial amount and leave the homebuyers helpless.

Remedy –

  1. Don’t go for such scheme
  2. If do, take proper legal advice and do everything in legal
  3. File RERA complaint

6)    Defective title of the land

Any land on which the project is being or has been developed shall have clear title i.e. the land should belong to the builder only and if it is not, then the project will be closed on account of being constructed on the land of defective title. In this case, homebuyers lose their money as this matter will remain with the court and Builder relishes the money till the time court disposes of it.

Remedy – check the land record and clearances

7)    Profile Funding

In profile, funding builder asks a person with a good salary to buy property in his project with the help of a loan. In other words, the buyer is providing funding to the builder on his financial eligibility, the buyer doesn’t need to invest any money at the initial level; builders use their profile to get money in their account and they end up with getting huge funds at the low rate of interest.

These acts have become so common by the builders to con innocent buyers and if buyers want to save themselves from these fake promises then they should be very smart about selecting the project they are going to invest in.

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Note – Please note that the above article is for education purpose only. This is based on our interpretation of laws which may differ person to person. Readers are expected to verify the facts and laws.


    1. Hello Sitaram Ji

      I had also booked the flat in casa romana project with flat no. J113 in August 2014 and there is no progress in construction. Also builder has stopped assured return.

      You can drop me in an email at if interested to file a complaint. We also need to meet other similar buyers like us to prepare a strong case.

      1. There is another project of Dwarkadhish builder named Aravali Heights, where these frauds are being committed by the Builder. Please help

  1. I hv booked one of project in Pune,
    Subvention loan scheme but now a days builder is not paying to bank .
    So in that case rera doc needed .

  2. Hi, I had booked a 2 bhk in under construction property ( Sarvottam Shree, Ghaziabad) and home loan is approved from LICHFL, in 2013. But still there is no hope for possession. Should I consider that the LICHFL had made wrong approval to the project, and it is a builder and bank nexus for making money, and leaving in lurch to the buyers !

    Please suggest, if yes, based on bank’s wrong approval, I can stop paying monthly emi to bank !

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