With the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), buyers are skeptical about investing their hard-earned money in under-construction projects. Given that incessant project delays have marred the reputation of under-construction projects, demand for ready-to-move flats has increased manifold.
Another benefit of buying a possession-ready property is that you can choose to move in any time you want or let out the property for rental income. Unlike an under-construction property, a ready-to-move unit will allow you to save your expenses on current accommodation, which can be used to pay installments for the home loan.
Experts advise that prospective buyers should be aware of certain procedures and norms while finalizing their purchase decisions. Not only will buyers have to furnish details and documents to authorities and the bank, if they are availing a home loan, they must also check certain documents to ensure the clear title of ownership and government approvals.
Here is a list of crucial documents that must be verified while purchasing a ready-to-move property:
A sale deed tops the checklist while verifying documents for your new home. It is the core legal registered document, which acts as a proof of sale and transfer of the property. It is advisable to read the fine print and check all terms and conditions before signing the deed.
A Completion Certificate (CC) is issued by the municipal authorities on the completion of the project. Meanwhile, an Occupancy Certificate (OC) is issued by a local government agency once a project is completed and deemed fit for habitation. This certificate reads that the property has been built following the approved codes and other laws making it suitable for occupancy. Both these documents are mandatory while seeking loans from banks and financial institutions or while applying for water, sanitation, and electricity connection.
The building plan is another document that needs to be cross-checked before finalizing a property purchase. Usually, a building plan is approved by the local municipal authority. Also known as a site plan, this document will contain a blueprint of the project, equipment layout, and utilities. Buyers must ensure that the layout of the building or project has been duly approved by the local authorities. Any unauthorized or additional construction runs the risk of being demolished or denied occupancy later on.
It is also important to verify that the property does not have any dues for which a buyer must check the encumbrance certificate. An encumbrance certificate provides evidence that your property has no monetary and legal liabilities. The certificate can be obtained from the sub-registrar’s office where the property has been registered.
This document identifies the owner of the property in government records and establishes their tax liabilities.