RWA Handover


We ensure smooth handover from the builder to RWA

We not only help RWA of projects which are completed in all respects and are due for taking over by the association, but also projects in progress where we conduct inspection for sections which are currently ready and inspect the rest after total completion.

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Civil Quality Audit

Inspection and Snagging of common areas (civil & building services).

MEP Quality Audit

Reporting on condition and quality of common areas.

MEP Design Audit

Reporting on condition and quality of common areas.

Documentation Audit

The checklist of documents that a RWA must collects from a builder could be divided into these groups. Property, Operations, Finance and Legal

AMC Audit

Guidance on the desirable statutory documents to be handed over to the association


Guidance on the desirable statutory documents to be handed over to the association

The Process




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RWA Inspection





Resident’s Welfare Association

In today’s urban landscape, ensuring the safety and quality of residential buildings is of utmost importance. Comprehensive building audits play a crucial role in maintaining transparency and accountability between builders, resident welfare associations (RWAs), and homeowners during the Builder to Society Handover process. Here you will understand the various aspects of building audits, the responsibilities of builders, and the benefits for homeowners and associations, with a focus on the services provided by Nemmadi and the specific areas that are audited.

What are Comprehensive Building Audits?

Comprehensive building audits are thorough evaluations of residential properties, covering aspects such as legal compliance, civil engineering workmanship checks, dampness, and sewage treatment plant (STP) and water treatment plant (WTP) assessments. Third-party auditors, like us, conduct these assessments, ensuring an unbiased evaluation of the property during the Builder to Association Handover

Nemmadi's Building Audit Services for Builder to Society Handover Takeover

Nemmadi offers a range of audit services tailored to the needs of residential properties undergoing Builder to Society Handover. These comprehensive services ensure that every aspect of the building is thoroughly assessed for quality, safety, and compliance:
One essential aspect of the audit process is the MEP Design Audit, which assesses the design of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to ensure they meet required standards and are adequate for the building’s requirements at full occupancy.

The Role of Builders and Legal Responsibilities in Builder to Society Handover

Builders are legally responsible for a building’s quality and safety for five years after handing it over to the Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA)as per provisions of RERA Act. This period allows homeowners and RWAs to conduct building audits and address any issues that may arise during the handover take over process. If builders do not comply with audit report findings, homeowners and associations can seek legal recourse.

You may ask “how long after practical completion is the handover?” or “when a builder should handover to society”

Technically, here is what RERA Chapter III, sections 17, clause 1 and 2, has to say
According to the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA), Chapter III, sections 17, clause 1 and 2, the builder must transfer ownership of the completed apartments and common areas to the resident welfare association (RWA) or the competent authority within a specified period as per local laws. This transfer of title can also be referred to as handover. Specifically, the conveyance deed must be executed and the physical possession of the property must be given to the allottees and the common areas to the RWA or the competent authority within three months from the date of the occupancy certificate. Additionally, the builder must handover necessary documents and plans, including common areas, to the RWA or the competent authority within thirty days after obtaining the completion certificate.

Home Inspections vs. Association Audits

While Home Inspections focus on individual apartments, association audits cover common areas and shared facilities. A typical home inspection for a 2,000 sq. ft. apartment takes about 4-4.5 hours, while the duration of an association audit depends on the property’s size and complexity.

How to Take Handover from a Builder

Taking handover from a builder involves a series of steps to ensure a smooth transition and guarantee the property’s desired condition:
  1. Form a strong RWA or ad hoc committee to represent homeowners’ interests and address issues with the builder effectively.
  2. Conduct a comprehensive building audit using a third-party auditor like Nemmadi.
  3. Review and verify essential documentation provided by the builder.
  4. Coordinate with the builder to rectify any identified issues and ensure compliance with audit report findings

What Documents are Given by the Builder at the Time of Possession?

During the handover take over process, the builder should provide several essential documents, including building permits and approvals, occupancy certificates, structural and architectural drawings, warranty documents, maintenance contracts and records, property tax receipts and utility bills, and any other relevant legal or regulatory documents.

Audited Areas during Builder to Society Handover Process

Nemmadi’s comprehensive building audits cover various areas in residential properties, including but not limited to:

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RWA Documentation Handover

Once the RWA is formed and the handover process begins it is essential that RWA receives all the documentation from the builder for the building. This is probably the most important aspect as once the builder has completed the handover to the RWA, any future compliances of the building will fall under the aegis of RWA.
Some obvious and critical documents are:

Occupancy Certificate

Completion and occupancy certificates is proof that the building is completed as per the approved plan and government compliances. If the builder is unable to provide you with these certificates, then either the building laws have been violated or there are deviations from the original construction plans. Either way, it’s illegal to occupy a building/apartment that does not have an occupancy certificate

NOC Certificate

A No Objection Certificate (NOC) is issued where there is no objection to the covenants of the certificate. A builder has to compulsory submit an NOC from the fire safety, water, and pollution departments to the RWA (Residents Welfare Association)

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Some of the RWA audits we have done

The Importance of Concerted effort by Homeowners

By forming a strong RWA or ad hoc committee and speaking in a single voice to the builder, backed by factual findings, will result in a win-win situation for all. Builders would be glad to oblige and would not stake their reputation if it is conveyed in the right manner quoting the relevant standards by professionals. Many times the findings will be a new learning for all.
In conclusion, comprehensive building audits are essential for ensuring quality and safety in residential buildings during the Builder to Society Handover process. With Nemmadi’s range of audit services, homeowners and resident welfare associations can gain valuable insights into their properties’ condition and take the necessary actions to maintain a safe and comfortable living environment. By addressing all relevant aspects of the handover process, from builder responsibilities to the documents required, these audits contribute to a more transparent and accountable relationship between builders, RWAs, and homeowners.

Empowering Transparency, Ensuring Quality

Why it is important to conduct comprehensive building audits to ensure quality and safety.