A plan to issue property cards to apartment owners may soon begin with projects registered with MahaRERA, a senior tax official said. The scheme of issuing individual property cards for apartments (vertical objects) was approved by the state cabinet in 2019. All apartment owners were to receive these property cards with information about carpet areas, utility rooms, loan information, and 7/12 extract (Utara) of the land.
Committee to solve objections
However, the project gave rise to a number of proposals and objections, after which a commission was set up to make recommendations to the state before the project was launched. The purpose was to map the vertical growth in cities and rural areas and maintain an independent rights register and registers of flats and individual apartments units.
“The Committee on Vertical Property Cards presented its recommendations to the government and proposed a gradual implementation of the scheme. Discussions are underway with the Maharashtra Property Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA). The final decision will be made by the government,” the official said.
The state issues property cards for urban areas and 7/11 declarations for rural areas that define the property rights of one or more persons. However, there is no document confirming the ownership of a person who owns an apartment in a house built on a particular site.
With this in mind, the Ministry of Revenue decided to adapt the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, the Property Register and Apartment Registration and Building Codes to the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code of 1966. This allows the state to issue a property card for apartments. Maharashtra has about 56 lakh property cards for plots and 2.5 crore 7/12 extracts. “But there is no evidence that vertical buildings such as apartments or commercial complexes were built on these lands,” the official said.