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GST Primer for Apartment Associations

Jul 25, 2019 -

BAF has prepared a primer on GST, covering the key aspects of the applicability of GST for apartment associations with simple illustrations.

Representation to GST Council to exempt maintenance charges

Jul 10, 2019 -

Apartments are currently paying GST on maintenance charges beyond the threshold of Rs. 7500 per month. This is completely unreasonable as the association is neither providing a service nor making a profit out of maintenance charges. Hence, neither income tax nor GST should be chargeable, based on the principle of mutuality.

With inflation & increasing costs, more & more apartments are now coming under the ambit of GST.

BAF is taking this matter up with the Finance Ministry & GST Council to exempt maintenance charges from GST. It would be good if every apartment association can send a letter & email to the Finance Minister / GST Council.

Please find enclosed a format of the letter that BAF has created.

We request each & every BAF Member association to print this letter on their letterhead and send it as an email as well as a letter to the addresses given in the letter.


Lift License Renewal Guidelines

May 1, 2019 -

BAF is happy to release the Lift License Renewal Guidelines, which will help apartments to not only comply with the rules, but also ensure lift license renewal process is simplified and easy to execute.

Ground Water Recharge

Apr 14, 2019 -

BAF, in partnership with Biome, brings you a quick guide on how to implement & who to contact for RWH / Recharge Wells! 

Water Meters

Apr 1, 2019 -

Water meters for every flat in an apartment reduces water consumption by about 30%! BAF has negotiated an exclusive 10% discount for Members with 4 vendors!

Tap Aerators (Updated)

Mar 19, 2019 -

With the looming water crisis, BAF advises all apartments to install tap aerators in all flats, which helps reduce consumption by up to 80%. BAF has negotiated an exclusive 12% discount for BAF Members with 2 leading vendors.

Highlights of CEC Announcement on Lok Sabha Elections

Mar 11, 2019 -

Bengaluru votes on 18th April 2019 (Thursday). Please make sure all your apartment residents vote! Summary of the announcement by CEC is attached.

BESCOM Meter Transfer from Builder to Apartment Association

Jan 31, 2019 -

In a meeting with BAF, BESCOM has clarified the procedure for transfer of meters from Builder to Apartment Association.

Legal & Advisory Support for Apartment Associations

Jan 13, 2019 -

This note has resulted from the need of BAF members to have a list of recommended lawyers & consultants to handle various issues faced by Apartment Associations.

Framework / guidelines for pet ownership in apartments

Dec 28, 2018 -

There are increasing instances of conflicts between pet owners and other residents in apartments. This note has been prepared with a view to help resolve such conflicts & to prevent such instances from recurring in apartments in future.

Rooftop Solar for Apartments

Oct 2, 2018 -

BAF is happy to announce a city-wide apartments rooftop solar initiative. LET’S GO GREEN! LET’S GO SOLAR! LET’S SAVE MONEY! LET’S DO OUR BIT FOR OUR CITY AND OUR COUNTRY!

Presentation on TDS

Jul 27, 2018 -

The Income Tax Department (TDS Wing) invited BAF Members for an awareness session on TDS on 27th July 2018. Over 75 people attended the session. The presentation on TDS can be downloaded here.

BAF Apartment Residents Charter

Mar 23, 2018 -

People living in apartments, no matter how large an apartment complex is, are NOT bulk-consumers. We are the same as individual house owners. All tariffs applicable to apartments should be on par with individual house owners. In addition, club house, swimming pool, STP etc. in apartment complexes are not commercial activities, hence all tariffs (water, power etc.) should only be at residential rates and not at commercial rates.

Electrical Inspection in Apartments - Key Issues Resolved

Jan 17, 2018 -

A team from BAF met the Chief Electrical Inspector to clarify & resolve a few issues that apartments were facing in relation to electrical inspection every year. Managing Committee Members of apartments can go through this to get clarity on the issues related to electrical inspection and act accordingly.

Primer on Income Tax for Apartment Associations

Jan 11, 2018 -

BAF has prepared a primer on Income Tax, covering the key aspects of applicability of income tax for apartment associations.

Note on E-Waste Disposal in Apartments

Dec 8, 2017 -

Apartments can dispose their e-waste comprising mobiles, laptops, electrical items, electronic goods etc. in a safe & environmental friendly manner. This document on e-waste shows you the way!

Response To KSPCB Show Cause Notice To Apartments

Oct 18, 2017 -

If your apartment has received a show cause notice from KSPCB threatening to disconnect power & water,  go through this document & download the supporting documents by clicking on the links given inside.

Reducing Water Consumption Through Use Of Tap Aerators

Aug 23, 2017 -

Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF) has negotiated with 2 aerator vendors for exclusive offers for BAF Members. However, Members are advised to do their own diligence to decide whether aerators or any other water saving devices can help conserve water in their premises

How to identify Electoral Rolls for your Apartment Complex

Aug 1, 2017 -

This document created by BAF outlines the method of finding your electoral Rolls easily.

Appeal to GST Council

Jul 27, 2017 -

BAF has made an appeal to the GST Council to exempt services related to installation & maintenance of STPs from GST. The same was exempt from service tax earlier but has not been exempt from GST and hence the appeal. The exemption can provide significant relief to apartments which have STPs and are contributing significantly to the environment.

Response to KSPCB Notice

Jul 6, 2017 -

BAF has created a draft response to the notices that many apartments have received from KSPCB, pursuant to an order passed by the Hon'ble NGT on 18th May 2017. Members can download the same and modify it as per their requirements and send the response accordingly to KSPCB.

List of SWM Vendors

May 15, 2017 -

BAF has published a list of vendors in solid waste management, including dry waste, wet waste, sanitary waste, e-waste as well as vendors for composting.

Applying to Ward Committees

May 12, 2017 -

BAF urges its members to join Ward Committees in their respective wards, which enables greater transparency & accountability in the usage of public money in respective wards.

Application Template for Ward Committee - Individuals

May 12, 2017 -

BAF has created an application template for individuals to apply to ward committees in their respective wards. Please click on the link to download the same.

Application Template for Ward Committees - Associations

May 12, 2017 -

BAF has created an application template for apartment associations to apply to ward committees in their respective wards. Please click on the link to download the same.

Objections presented by BAF on draft STP Notification

Apr 11, 2017 -

BAF Governing Council Members led by their President, Mr. R. Balasubramanian, Vice President, Mr. Muralidhar Rao & General Secretary, Mr. Srikanth Narasimhan, met the BWSSB Chairman Mr. Tushar Girinath on 11th April, 2017, to officially present BAF's objection to the draft STP notification dated 15th March 2017.

Read our parody on STP

Mar 31, 2017 -

This is a parody on implementation of STP & dual-piping in apartment complexes with retrospective effect, in a lighter vein. However the parody also articulates clearly the futility & pointlessness of the whole exercise.

White paper on retrospective STP

Feb 25, 2017 -

BAF has published a white paper in technical consultation with Dr. Ananth Kodavasal, one of the foremost experts in waste water management in India. The white paper clearly articulates why it is infeasible for apartments to install STPs & dual-piping with retrospective effect.