Pattas To Become Mandatory For Property Registration In Chennai
In order to make the property registration process transparent and more secure, the Tamil Nadu government has now proposed to make Pattas mandatory for transactions. This move would help buyers and sellers have a smooth deal.
A Patta, also called the Record of Rights (ROR), is a legal document issued by the government. It holds the details of the ownership of a particular property. The person whose name is registered in the Patta is said to be the rightful owner of the property. This revenue document also mentions details of all previous owners dating back to a specified date.
In the past eight months, as many as 1,700 cases of forged documents during property transaction cases of land deals have been received by the sub-registrar offices in Chennai and peripheral districts. In some cases, fraudsters have furnished fake revenue records such as Patta, besides parent document which is the registration deed by which the previous owner acquired the property.
The government earns huge revenue through fees secured from property registrations. For the year 2017-18, revenue worth Rs 9,121 crore was obtained from 22,10,595 documents as against Rs 7,007 crore from 20,27,916 documents in the year 2016-17. According to the revenue department, the new move would bring in a double layer of security during property sale as it will involve two departments — registration and revenue.
There are plans to launch the system on a pilot basis across selected locations to track the progress. Prior to the registration process, a certifying surveyor would be nominated for scrutiny of land Pattas.