RERA COMPLIANCE – SMALL AND MEDIUM CLASS BUILDERS MAY DISAPPEAR


With the onset of RERA rules and regulations, it has become very difficult for the small and medium scale developers who were present in the real estate sector, to raise funds and capital for their ongoing as well as new projects and almost 75% of the new projects have been shelved or dropped.

There is severe fund/cash crunch in the market, where even the leading builders are finding it difficult to manage their funds, whereas, the others are unable to even complete the ongoing projects.

The Banks may also demand RERA approval for all new projects for home loans and the violators or illegal structures (new ones) may not be able to get home finance.  But, There are few financial institutions, which are more willing to lend money to illegal or unauthorized structures even without RERA approval.

Another major blow is that the Income Tax department is scrutinizing  all the major bank deposits between Rs.2.5 laks to Rs.1 crore.  This scrutiny has further affected the cash flow requirements of the small and medium class builders.

Only, the BIG FISHES may survive at this juncture.

 

DOCUMENTS AND TAXES – GENERAL LIST FOR THE PURCHASE OF PROPERTIES


Transactions in immovable property are carried out by parties in properties containing the following elements:

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

(All approvals, NOC, Licenses, Documents, Provisions, Rules, Regulations, Laws, Taxes, Charges, Fees, and Regulations are not applicable to all the properties.  Specific Requirements or eligibility or statutory documents for specific properties.)

Generic list

OWNERSHIP

Original owner.

Intermediary owners.

Promoter.

Developer.

Contractor.

Investor.

Marketing agency.

Prospective buyer.

Lending institutions.

Association of Owners.

Agreement Holder.

GPA Holder.

NATURE OF PROPERTIES

The following are the nature of properties:

Land.

Houses.

Flats/apartments.

Infrastructure.

Special amenities and facilities.

Sites.

Industrial Sheds and Lands.

Commercial Complexes.

RIGHTS

The following are the nature of rights:

Ownership.

Possession.

Leasehold rights.

Rights under a mortgage.

Easement.

License.

Lien.

SUCCESSION

There are two types of inheritance and succession:

Intestate succession i.e. by operation of personal laws.

Testamentary succession i.e. through wills.

TITLE

Three-tier legal scrutiny of titles is essential:

In the hands of the present owner.

In the hands of the prospective buyer for his benefits.

For the benefit of the lending institutions.

Issuing public notice in leading English and vernacular newspapers, inviting objections or claims, is recommended in all cases.

CHARGES AND OTHER LEVIES

1). Betterment Charges or Improvement Charges.

2). Lake Development Charges.

3). Solid Waste Charges (Municipal Area)

4). BWSSB charges or cell or penalty on buildings without OC.

TAXES

Properties attract the following taxation:

1) Gift Tax, Wealth Tax or any prevailing or applicable taxes.

2) GST (on the transfer of goods in contracts).

3) Income tax on income and capital gains.

4) Tax exemptions and deductions under special schemes for housing, economic zones etc.

5). Municipal Taxes or Property Taxes.

TAXES AND DUTIES AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION

1). Stamp Duty.

2). Registration Fee.

MODES OF CONVEYANCE OR TRANSFER

The following are various modes by means of which any person can acquire any type of right, title, and interest in an immovable property:

  1. Direct purchase/transfer.
  2. Gift/settlement.
  3. Will/probate/succession certificate.
  4. Intestate succession and inheritance.
  5. Partition, release, family settlement, reunion.
  6. Family Arrangement.
  7. Partition among co-owners.
  8. Property as a capital contribution in a firm.
  9. Distribution of assets in a firm on reconstitution and on the dissolution of a firm.
  10. Private trust.
  11. Amalgamation, merger, de-merger and liquidation of companies.
  12. Rights and interests held through shares in companies, cooperative society etc.
  13. Adverse possession.
  14. Awards in arbitration proceedings.
  15. Orders and decrees of courts of law and other statutory authorities including Lok Adalats.
  16. By operation of various provisions of personal laws relating to Hindus, Mohammedans, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jews etc.
  17. By operation of law under laws relating to other persons and legal entities including cooperative societies, other societies including mutual benefit societies and other Association of Persons.
  18. BDA sites.
  19. Land acquisition.

20.By grants were given or orders passed by Governments and statutory authorities.

  1. By a Conciliation, Order passed under section 19(v) (i) and (ii) read with Section 21 of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1977. Such an order can be passed by a High Court Judge and other competent authorities by which rights and interests between contending parties can be settled and established.

TRACING OF TITLES

The tracing of titles should begin with the tracing of the earliest documents available pertaining to the property which, probably, will pertain to the documents obtained by the first owner.

First owner: The earliest original documents, records, the order of a court or government or a statutory authority by which the rights to an immovable property is vested with the first owner.

Intermediary parties: The subsequent documents, records or orders of the type mentioned above, duly recording in a chronological unbroken sequence of legal acts, events, identifying and tracing the title in the hands of the various intermediate owners till the last owner i.e., the transferor.

Current owner: The documents of title with the current owner i.e., transferor, including the document by means of which he has acquired title and other documents like the Khatha, Encumbrance Certificate, and tax paid receipts up-to-date.

An investigation of these records must be made before a certification of these records by an advocate. The investigation is the verification of the actual existence of these records in the books/registers of the various departments mentioned above. Certification, on the other hand, is done only on the basis of records produced before an advocate on an apparent examination of the same by him.

CHARGES AND ENCUMBRANCE OF THE PROPERTY

Encumbrance Certificate

Various kinds of transactions and matters mentioned below will not be entered in Book-I maintained by Sub-Registrars and hence will not appear in an encumbrance certificate furnished either in Form 15 or in Form 16 by the Sub-Registrar exercising relevant jurisdiction. Hence, other modes of evidence and documentation are required to confirm the title. The following are the transactions and matters not included in the encumbrance certificate:

  1. Oral tenancy.
  2. Litigation in courts (Lis Pendens).
  3. Tax liabilities
  4. Unregistered mortgage by deposit of title deeds.
  5. Prior unregistered agreement
  6. 6.Oral Partition/Family Arrangement.
  1. Oral gift under Mohammedan Law.
  2. Unregistered will.
  3. Rights and interests held through partnership firms, Association of Persons, societies including cooperative societies, companies etc.
  4. Unregistered agreements, MOUs, the general power of attorney etc.
  5. Rights of third parties not directly recorded in documents.
  6. Orders and decrees of courts, statutory and tax authorities.
  7. Rights through possession, part performance, the equitable title under Section 53-A of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882.
  8. Physical Possession of the property and grounds or claims of possession.

SAFEGUARDS

Many safeguards must be taken to ensure the vesting of a clear, absolute and marketable title in the hands of the purchaser or any person acquiring any interest in the property in question in any manner whatsoever. Some of the safeguards are mentioned below:

  1. Obtain court permission for sale of minor’s share.
  2. Make all major co-parceners parties in case of Hindu Undivided Family.
  3. Ensure compliance with legal formalities by companies, other persons, and legal entities.
  4. Examine Government records, documents, and papers.
  5. Verify original documents of title and lodge the same with a common custodian in Escrow.
  6. Issue public notice through newspapers.
  7. Verify marketability of title.
  8. Make all other interested parties as parties in the transaction.
  9. Obtain confirmations and affirmations through affidavits.
  10. Obtain possession in part performance.
  11. Appropriate court action for injunctions, specific performance etc.,
  12. Resolve disputes through arbitration or through the family arrangement.
  13. Avail the benefit of other legal remedies and reliefs as provided under different transactions, different laws apply.
  14. Obtain the general power of attorney to derive powers and authority to carry out all acts in general and certain specified acts, deeds and things in relation to the immovable properties and the rights, interests, and title relating thereto.
  15. Register agreements and get attestation by Notary Public on documents.
  16. Obtain Encumbrance Certificates, tax paid receipts and certified copies of other papers and records held by statutory authorities.
  17. Verify if there are any restrictions relating to land granted including restrictions in respect of land of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  18. Protect the rights or possession under section 145 of the Criminal Procedure Code from statutory authorities.
  19. Obtain Succession Certificate from the Jurisdictional Court, in case of intestate succession.
  20. Obtain Family Tree from the jurisdictional revenue authority appointed by the State Governments with powers delegated to issue the same.

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Vital documents for acquiring BMP, BDA property

The following are the documents of title with respect to properties located within the jurisdiction of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike which are to be obtained from the present owners and verified before purchase/acquisition by lease, mortgage:

Primary documents

1) Parent Deed by means of which the present owner/owners acquired title to the property.

2) Building sanction plan issued by the Chief Executive Engineer, BBMP, BDA, BMRDA or local planning authority, in case of a building constructed on the property.

Secondary documents

1) Khatha Certificate issued by the BBMP, BDA, GP in the name of the present owner/owners.

2) Khatha Extract issued by the BBMP, BDA, and GP.

3) Tax paid receipts issued by the BBMP/BDA/GP evidencing payment of taxes in respect of the property.

4) P.T. Sheet and Chalta issued by the City Survey Department containing the sketch of the property in question and its measurements.

5) Encumbrance Certificate (preferably in Form 15) issued by the Sub-Registrar exercising relevant jurisdiction over the property for a period of not less than 30 years.

6) Copy of the plan sanction issued by the BBMP/BDA/Local Planning Authority/BMRDA for the construction of a house or residential or commercial multi-storeyed building.

7) Copy of the Commencement Certificate of the BBMP/BDA/BMRDA issuing permission to commence construction of a multi-storeyed building.

8) Copy of the occupancy certificate issued by the Palike certifying that the building constructed on the schedule property is in accordance with the sanctioned plan.

9) Copy of the receipt evidencing payment of compounding fees to the BBMP or Revenue Authorities or Municipal Corporation or Town Municipal Council for regularising the deviation, if any, made from the building sanction plan.

10) Copy of the No Objection Certificate from the Fire and Emergency Services, HAL, AAI, KSPCB, BESCOM or other electricity suppliers, Water Supply (rural) or BWSSB, Coastal Area Authority(if applicable) Department.

11) Copy of the clearance to operate lifts in the building issued by the Chief Executive Engineer, BBMP, and Electrical Inspectorate.

12) Copy of the NOC/CFE/CFO/Clearance Certificate issued by the Pollution Control Board.

13) Copy of the Endorsement issued by the Director, Fire Services Department, by means of letter addressed by him to the BBMP/BMRDA/BDA or LPA stating that he has no objection to the  issuing an occupancy certificate in respect of building constructed on the property.

14) No Objection Certificate from the Airport Authority of India.

The documents mentioned in (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13) and (14) usually arise in the case of multi-storeyed buildings and large layouts.

BDA jurisdiction

The following are the documents of title with respect to properties allotted and/or sold by the Bangalore Development Authority to the present owner/owners which need to be obtained by every prospective purchaser:

PRIMARY DOCUMENTS

Allotment letter issued by the Bangalore Development Authority in favour of the present owner in respect of the property.

Possession letter issued by the Bangalore Development Authority in favour of the present owner in respect of the property, recording handing over of possession of the property to the present owner.

Absolute Sale Deed executed and registered in favour of the present owner by the Bangalore Development Authority in respect of the property after the expiry of 10 years from the date of allotment.

Building sanction plan issued by the Bangalore Development Authority where a building has been constructed on the property.

Secondary documents

Khatha Certificate issued by the Bangalore Development Authority in the name of the present owner/owners.

Tax paid receipts issued by the Bangalore Development Authority evidencing payment of taxes in respect of the property up-to-date.

Encumbrance Certificate (preferably in Form 15) issued by the Sub-Registrar exercising relevant jurisdiction from the date of allotment up-to-date.

APPROVALS/LICENSES/PERMISSION/CONSENTS/ORDERS/NOC

1). DC Conversion Order for the change of land use.

2). Change of Land Use from BDA, MUDA/BMRDA or Any other LPA.

3). Developmentpment Plan from BDA/BMRDA/LPA.

4). Sanctioned Building Plan from Municipal Corporations or TMC or GP as applicable.

5). NOC from BESCOM ( in case of Bangalore), BWSSB ( in case of Bangalore) AAI, HAL, GSI, Fire and Emergency Services, LDA, CFE and CFO from KSPCB.

6). In case of Coastal Areas, appropriate orders from Local Bodies.

7). NOC from KIADB, KHB, LAO, NH and BDA.

8). NOC Under Sec 79A and 79B, 7 and 7A and PTCL Acts. (specifically for agricultural lands)

9). RERA APPROVAL.

 

 

REAL ESTATE – UNSOLD APARTMENTS/STOCKS/INVENTORY – THE BUILDERS – MAY HAVE TO PAY TAXES


We had published an article a few weeks back stating that there will be a bargain in the purchase of properties from the beginning of 2018, to substantiate the write-up, we have some information that the Income Tax Department has sent circulars to LEVY  or charge TAX on the unsold stock/inventory, which is treated as STOCK-IN-TRADE by the developers, which has remained UNSOLD for over 12 months or more as per the amended Sections 22 and 23, which was introduced in 2017.
The tax may be in the range of 8% to 10% depending upon the percentage of profits generally and normally declared by the builders and developers and it may not be uniform across the cities and the developers.
An unconfirmed report states that there are over 10,00,000 properties across the country, mainly 8 major cities, have UNSOLD/STOCK-IN-TRADE/INVENTORY OR PROPERTIES.
Sources, further states, this may be a serious challenge to the Builders and Developers.

PROPERTY SHOWS-MELAS-EXHIBITIONS-PROPERTY EXPO ?????


Every day the buyers are fleeced to buy properties and there are any numbers of websites or agencies or internet marketing sites, developers, builders, owners, and agents offering and arranging for 1). FREE SITE VISIT OR PROPERTY VISIT, 2). FREE PICK UP AND DROP, 3). LUNCH AND DINNER (In some cases), 4). MARKETING EXPERTS VISITING BUYERS AT HOME AND AT OFFICE, 5). EXHIBITIONS AND HOME FESTIVALS ARRANGED BY vested interests, to convince the buyers to buy the properties.

All the Free`s are not FREE.

All the above-mentioned services or offers or assistance are added to the price.

Who pays the rent for the exhibitions hall?

Who pays the salary to employees?

Who pays the vehicle tariff?

All the expenses along with the marketing agencies profit are included in the price.

NOTHING IS FREE.

The latest trend in marketing is that there are many FREELANCERS selling/marketing properties and they do not market or sell the properties without PROFIT.

HENCE, TAKE CARE, BEFORE YOU CALL UP OR TALK TO AN EXECUTIVE OR AN AGENT.

PROPERTY REGISTRATION REVENUE ( STAMP DUTY ) IS UP BY 20% IN KARNATAKA-Effect of Demonetisation !!!


The Revenue from the registration of properties have gone up to Rs.8,735 crores in 2017, but the number of DOCUMENTS REGISTERED HAS NOT GONE UP or REMAIN THE SAME.

It is the result of DEMONETISATION.  Now, buyers are paying less (cash) and more through the legitimate way of making payment either through DD or Cheques or Bank Transfers.

Bangalore register the maximum number of documents registered.  The Government of Karnataka got Rs.1,407 Crores more than the corresponding period last year.

READY TO MOVE IN APARTMENTS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND


All the prelaunch bogus perks, offers, and discounts could not impress the buyers and they have become wiser and are now choosing the ready to move in projects.

Return on Investment in apartments have trickled down to 1% to 8%.

Melas, Exhibitions and Home Festivals are the order of the day to clear the unsold inventory.

Bangalore South is witnessing large scale constructions and many mega projects are on the riverbed or lake bed or raja kaluve and might not get Occupancy Certificates.

Sellers and Marketing Agencies are flaunting RERA Approval, has made things easy for the buyers.