Tenants can demand more space from builders

Tenants, housing society members and slum-dwellers can now demand more spacefrom builders redeveloping properties. Amendeddevelopment control rules (DCR) approved by the state government last January grant 35% compensatory floor space index (FSI) free to the rehab component of the redevelop-ment project. But it is not known if the builder or flat owner will have to pay for the additional space.

Among the beneficiaries could be tenants living in the over 16,000 old and dilapidated cessed buildings in the island city. Tenants are currently entitled to 300-700 square feet houses free when their buildings are redeveloped. But if the flat is larger than 700 sq ft, builders provide an equivalent area to the tenant in the redevelop-ed property.

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