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Payments of Stamp duty followed by the registration of the agreement are two important acts when one enters into an agreement with a developer/seller. Both, the developer/seller and the purchaser need to be present at the Sub-Registrars office for registering the agreement.

1. Stamp Duty - Stamp duty is a State subject and hence would vary from state to state. The stamp duty in many states is paid as per the True market value as assessed by the Stamp Office. When an agreement is to be stamped, it needs to be unsigned and undated and after the Stamp Office affixes stamps on the agreement, one may execute the agreement. The Stamp Duty payable in various states could be ascertained from the Stamp Duty Calculator provided.
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2. Registration of an Agreement - The agreement should be registered with the Sub-Registrar of assurances under the provisions of the Indian Registration Act. Stamp duty should be paid prior to the Registration.
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  • Before buying property, it is advisable to appoint a solicitor to inspect the original title documents of the property being purchased. If the title is not clear, the number of complications arising in future may be numerous. For eg., no bank would provide a loan against a property not having a clear title, it may be difficult to transfer share certificate of the society in your name, selling of property will not be simple, etc. The following is a check list of documents that you should verify before buying a property - 

LAND RELATED DOCUMENTS :
1. Conveyance Deed or Sale Deed - This is a deed document by which the title of property is conveyed by the seller to the purchaser. Conveyance is the act of transferring ownership of the property from a seller to the buyer. This document will help you ascertain whether the property which you are buying is on land belonging to the society/ builder/development authority in which the property is located. 
2. 7/12 Extract - This is a document issued by Tehsildar or the concerned land authorities giving details such as the survey numbers, area, date from which current owner is registered as owner.
3. Index II - This is a document issued by the office of the Sub-Registrar of Assurances. It mainly mentions the names of the sellers & purchasers of a property for which the document is registered.
4. Search Report & Title Certificate - Title Certificate is issued by an advocate after conducting a search on the title of the property, which is intended to be purchased. The title certificate would state if the property is unencumbered and has a clear marketable title. This search report and title certificate can be obtained from one's own advocate or if the search has already been conducted by the current owner then one can have his/her advocate inspect these reports to ascertain the title of the property. This search on the title of the property is taken for a period of the last 30 years. It is mandatory for the developer to annex a copy of these reports in the "Agreement for Sale" with the intended purchaser of the flat. These documents would state whether the title to the property is clear, marketable and free from encumbrance. In other words, it would state whether or not there is any existing mortgage, litigation, condition or claim, which is likely to affect the title of the buyer adversely.
5. Non Agriculture Permission - If the land under consideration is agricultural and if one intends to develop the said land for residential/commercial/industrial use, then such agricultural land has to be converted to non-agricultural land and an Non Agriculture Order has to be obtained from the Collector of the District where the property is located. Along with this, one needs to take the latest receipts evidencing the payment of Non Agriculture Tax. In cases where the conversion from agricultural use to non-agriculture use is not done within the stipulated period then, there should be an order from the concerned authority extending the period.
PROJECT RELATED DOCUMENTS
1. Development Agreement - This is an agreement entered into by the builder with the landowner. It contains details regarding the terms and conditions on which the landowner has permitted development of his property. This is where the landowner engages a third party (i.e. the developer) to develop and build on their plot of land. This agreement is generally accompanied by a Power of Attorney in favour of the developer.
2. Approved Building Plan - The building plan made by the developer needs to be approved by the Municipal Corporation or the concerned authority. The approved building plans need to be checked necessarily.
3. Commencement Certificate - This certificate is given by the Municipal Corporation permitting the developer to begin construction. This is done once the plans have been approved.
4. Completion/Occupation Certificate - This Certificate is given by the concerned authorities to the developer once the said building is complete in all respects and fit for occupation. 


PREMISES RELATED DOCUMENTATION
Under the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act, 1963 a promoter who intends to construct a building of flats has to enter into a written Agreement for Sale with each of the persons who are to take or have taken such flats. It is also provided that the agreement should contain the particulars and also annex to such agreement the prescribed documents or the copies thereof. In case of a building, which is yet to be constructed, the agreement has to contain the particulars regarding the liability of the promoter to construct it according to the plans and specifications approved by the local authority. 

The other particulars which the agreement should contain are possession date, price to be paid by the purchaser and the intervals at which the installments for the full payment are to be made specifying stage of construction, the precise nature of the body to be constituted of the persons who would take the flats, details regarding the common areas and facilities specifying the percentage of undivided interest in the common areas and facilities appertaining to the apartment agreed to be sold, a statement of the use for which the apartment is intended. The Act also specifies that copies of the title certificate issued (as specified earlier in this manual) and a copy of the approved plans and specification a list of fixtures and amenities including provisions for lifts to be provided/provided for the flat to be sold should be attached to the agreement. 

A promoter, while he is in possession, and where he collects from persons who have taken over flats or are to take over flats, sums for payment of out goings even thereafter, has to pay all out goings until he transfers the property. The out goings would include ground rent, municipal and other local taxes, taxes on income, water charges, electricity charges, revenue assessment and interest on any mortgage or other encumbrances, if any. 

One should also ensure that the area of the apartment has been mentioned in the agreement. It is also mandatory for the developer/promoter to convey the land in favour of the society/association of flat owners/condominium/company within a period of 4 months of completion of the project. In the sale agreement there should be a declaration/representation by the promoter/seller that he has not encumbered the property in any manner whatsoever and entered into any other agreement to sell/lease/license with any other party. It needs to be specified whether the property is vacant or in possession of any other party other than the seller.

   
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