MahaRERA’s New Quality Assurance Framework for Real Estate

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Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is the real estate regulatory body for the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was founded in May 2017 in accordance with the Central government’s enactment of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. MahaRERA aims to protect homebuyers’ interests, regulate the real estate industry, and advance ethical real estate practices.

MahaRERA is in news for cracking down on errant real estate projects and builders in order to protect home buyers’ interests, making real estate development transparent and streamlining the realty sector in Maharashtra.

As a reformative measure, MahaRera has increased accountability and quality compliance by requiring builders to produce “quality assurance certificates” for each project they construct.

Under the new framework, developers must obtain quality certificates from third-party auditors at three stages:

  1. When the building layout plans are sanctioned by the relevant authorities
  2. During the mid-phase of the construction stage
  3. After final completion and before handing over to home buyers

The certifications would attest to adherence to quality standards for fire safety, building safety, plumbing, electrical fixtures, ventilation, and promised public amenities, among other quality benchmarks.

Purpose and Objectives of the quality assurance framework

The purpose and objectives of the new quality assurance framework is as follows: 


  1. To increase builders’ and developers’ accountability and quality compliance with regard to construction standards.
  2. Too verify that quality standards are being followed at various phases of real estate projects.
  3. To assure customers that transparent quality standards are being met.


  1. Establish quality standards that builders must meet in regards to things like fire safety regulations, authorised material usage, civic amenities, and structural safety.
  2. Mandate third-party quality certifications at critical stages such as building plan approval, mid-construction, and post-completion before handover.
  3. Connect quality assurances to project timelines from beginning to completion.
  4. Defend the interests of buyers by making sure developers fulfil their end of the bargain.
  5. Reduce problems with quality, delays, and noncompliance with regulations in finished housing units.
  6. Fix liability on certifying agencies if lapses are discovered even after possession.

Benefits for Homebuyers

Improved quality and safety of homes

The new quality assurance framework will ensure that homes are built to the highest structural and fire safety standards, using only approved construction materials, and so on, as specified in the quality benchmarks. A requirement for quality compliance certificates from independent auditors at various phases can reassure prospective homeowners about the strict observance of safety and quality guidelines.

Assurance of investment protection

For homebuyers who have invested their life savings in owning a property, assurance of quality provides a safety net that protects their investment. The quality certificates attest to a project’s compliance with mandatory construction quality standards at each stage of the process, from final handover to layout plan approvals. 

Transparency in the construction process

The entire quality assurance process is transparent because of the involvement of independent auditors and checks at three significant checkpoints. Visibility is further facilitated by certificate disclosures made public on RERA websites. As construction moves forward, homeowners can thus clearly observe the audit trail of builders adhering to quality specifications.

Implementation Strategy 

  • Mandatory quality certificates at crucial project milestones
  • Certifying agencies to be held equally responsible
  • Public disclosure of certificates through RERA website
  • Stringent penalties for violation of quality standards

The implementation strategy includes mandatory third-party certifications, accountability through public disclosures, and strict penalties to ensure quality compliance. This will benefit homebuyers by enhancing the standard and safety of homes, guaranteeing investment protection, and enabling transparency regarding the construction process.

Role of third-party inspections

In MahaRERA’s quality assurance model, third-party inspections play a crucial role because they offer impartial oversight of construction quality at key turning points. The inspection regime gains credibility by using skilled technical and engineering consultants to conduct thorough site audits instead of relying solely on builders’ possible self-certifications. These audits cover the entire civic infrastructure as well as structural stability, fire safety systems, approved material usage, plumbing, electrical fittings, ventilation, and lighting, starting from the sanction stage of building layout plans and ending with final handover authorization. Approvals during the construction phase, verification of progress in the middle, and post-completion checks prior to possession are all strategically covered by the inspection focus. This guarantees that independent organisations certify the quality adherence throughout the builder timelines.

Expected Outcomes 

  • Improved Standardisation: More uniformity between real estate projects will be facilitated by setting quality standards for amenities, structural design, and materials.
  • Increased Safety: Requirements for structural stability and fire safety systems certifications will reduce the risks to public safety in residential buildings.
  • Improved Quality Levels: Independent supervision from the planning through the completion phases will promote higher building quality standards.
  • Enhanced Buyer Confidence: The RERA regime and third-party quality assurance will increase buyer confidence when it comes to purchasing real estate.
  • Gains in Industry Reputation: In the long run, rigorous inspections can improve the Indian real estate sector’s credibility and reputation.
  • Public disclosure requirements will improve construction practices’ transparency and compliance-related information.

MahaRERA thus seeks to change industry practices to global benchmarks through increased standardisation, safety, quality enhancement, and transparency – thereby protecting homebuyers.


The implementation of third-party audits and certification under MahaRERA’s quality assurance regulations is a revolutionary step that will change how real estate projects are carried out. Homebuyers can anticipate improved asset safety, value protection, and optimal living conditions as a result of the strategic focus on quality benchmarks, transparency norms, and strict compliance.

In the long run, institutionalising checks and balances will pay off handsomely by improving homeowner trust, enhancing the industry’s reputation, and raising the value of certified projects—even though it will complicate the development process.

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