Monthly Archives: September 2009

A draft new law on the much-awaited real estate regulator

The government has unveiled a draft new law on the much-awaited real estate regulator.The draft bill makes it mandatory for builders to register their projects with the regulator before marketing them.The biggest relief would be that a property buyer would know exactly what he is buying. The draft bill also makes it mandatory for the builder not to accept any advance from home buyer before a sale agreement is put in place.

According to the draft, a builder will have to register a project with the regulator before he can market the properties.The builder will have to submit a documentary proof of land ownership and the mandatory licences to the regulator for registration.This process will ensure the legitimacy and the viability of the project, ending the current practice of realty firms launching projects without land ownership or mandatory approvals.

The builders will have to submit a bank guarantee of 5% of the total cost of the project, which will be encashed by the regulator in the event of the builder not completing the project in time or violating any other condition agreed upon at the beginning.

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Buying home to get safer, new real estate bill mooted

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Special drives for property tax recovery-NMC

Special drives for property tax recovery after Diwali

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has directed all the zone officials to prepare a list of property tax defaulters.This year property tax collection is 2 crore more than last year. Till date (September 16) the property tax department has recovered only Rs 17 crore property tax.

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation will embark on a special drive to recover property tax from over five lakh defaulting after the festival season.The zone officials will prepare a list of property tax defaulters.The property owners who have unpaid taxes of Rs 5,000 and more will be issued notices by the respective zonal offices.As per the new policy, property tax is being calculated on the basis of rental value or the annual letting value of the property. Thus the revaluation exercise essentially involves the revision of standard rent of properties in a particular area.

once the elections and the festival season ends we will start special drives to complete the target.

Of the 340 approved posts, only 193 employees have been deputed to the property tax department to complete the target given by NMC. Even among these, over 100 employees are presently engaged in the state assembly election duties, which has forced NMC to slow down the recovery work. However, once the elections and the festival season ends NMC will start special drives to complete the target.In 2009-10 too the department expects to cross the Rs 100 crore mark.

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Special NMC drive

Property transaction in post office

From next month, property buyers can pay their registration fee and stamp duty in near by post office. Karnataka Stamps and Registration Department is considering to launch the facility in post office and public sector banks across the state for property registrations. On a pilot basis, the department is planning to launch the facility in 75 post offices in Bangalore by next month.

A public sector undertaking, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL) would be in charge of keeping a centralized record of all e-stamping documents. The department in association with SHCIL, is implementing e-stamping to put an end to illegal benami registrations and for plugging revenue leaks.

The postal department wants to charge Rs 10 as fee from for e-stamping denominations up to Rs 100, and Rs 15 for e-stamping denominations above Rs 100. The post offices have expressed interest and are waiting for a final approval.

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Banks refuse to process loan applications without Khata

Banks and financial institutes refuse to process home loan for borrowers without Khata certificate. The government has stopped issuing new khatas. Even changing the khata from seller to buyer is not being done, citing administrative issues.

After a long impasse over registration of properties, which has now been solved, the vexed khata issue is hindering the home loan process and has left property buyers in the lurch. To facilitate sale of properties in former urban local bodies around the city, the government on August 14 suggested alternative documents for registration — copies of khata and assessment extracts issued by CMCs, TMC or village panchayats under whose jurisdiction the buildings/land belonged.

According to the inspector general of registration and commissioner of stamps, K R Niranjan, the government communication has been sent to all sub-registrars but not the banks.

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Buyers in new areas not getting home loans

Not paying your property tax can land you behind bars

According to MCD, only nine lakh people pay property tax, while according to its estimate, there are more than 30 lakh properties in the city. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has launched an amnesty scheme. The amnesty scheme will be open from Tuesday to October 31.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has launched an amnesty scheme under which tax defaulters can clear their dues without having to pay a penalty or the interest amount. But those who fail to pay the tax by October will not only face penalties like sealing of bank accounts and attachment of property but may also be jailed for a period of seven years.

Under the scheme, all the property tax payers in the city will get a special identification number similar to Permanent Account Number from the civic agency. In future, the facility will be extended to other property owners too.The agency said that in future, property owners who submit pay the tax will get benefit in getting the building plan sanctioned.

The 30% penalty will be waived off for those paying property tax dues
before October 31. In addition to this, 1% interest levied every month on unpaid amount will not be charged from them. For the scheme, the civic agency has constituted special teams in all the 12 zones and the property tax headquarter at Lajpat Nagar.