Flat buyers can team up to file complaints against builder

The Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a decision by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) to allow flat buyers to jointly approach it in case of a dispute with a builder, allowing home buyers to leapfrog lower courts and approach the apex consumer rights body. Disputes between buyers and sellers need to be first raised at state- or district-level consumer rights panels, where they are usually stuck for a while. The national panel can be approached only for appeals or if the total value of the disputed deal crosses Rs 1 crore.

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