It is quite an achievement to find flats in Mumbai that are free from all legal tassels. The number of disputes over land ownership has gone up due to the extreme growth of the real estate sector.
The legality of the property has been a major reason for many project delays. The real estate law, which itself is the implementation stage across many states, is going to make the situation favorable. But, there are a few things that you could do to know the legality of the property you are investing in.
1. Check for the title papers
A property should have a clear title that doesn’t have any disputes. While buying a new property, ensure the title of the land is with the construction company. While buying a resale flat in Mumbai, study the papers or visit the property lawyer to check the legality of the property.
2. Ask for bank approvals
Half of your work is already done if you’re getting your home financed from the bank. All the banks evaluate the property before they approve your loan. Many banks offer on-site offers for real estate which indicates that the legality of the property is in check. Ensure to check the clauses before you sign the loan agreement with your bank.
3. Encumbrance certificate
An encumbrance certificate helps in understanding that real estate is legally free from any pending loan or mortgage. You also get the name of the previous owner of the property. When you’re buying a resale property, it is very important to know if the previous owner had paid all his dues or mortgaged the property.
4. Cross-check the approved plan with the actual site
Ensure you have a copy of the approved map from the builder that has been passed by the local authorities if you’re buying an apartment project. This can give you an idea of the area and the construction spree.
5. Check out the property tax slips
If you are buying a resale flat in Mumbai, make sure to ask for the property tax slip from the previous owner of your real estate. This will give you deep knowledge about two things — if the property is duly registered and has no pending dues with the municipal authority and whether the area or colony you are buying is illegal or regularized.
6. The project has a registered society
Every apartment welfare project should have a resident welfare association and a registered society. This being a legal process, given a thorough insight about the legality of the property you are buying.
There are a lot of things that you need to know before you invest in any real estate. You might spend all your life’s savings just to buy a flat in Mumbai. So, ensure that you check the legality of the property before thinking about investing in a project.
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