Applying for deemed conveyance gets easier

In a major relief for the housing societies, the final notification of the deemed conveyance rules has simplified the process by leaving out the previously mandatory 21 documents that every applicant had to submit.

The notification in its draft form had made it necessary for housing societies to submit 21 documents including the property card, plot layout, non-agricultural order, urban land ceiling act certificate and registered agreement for sale. These had to be submitted at every stage beginning from the competent authority who gives the deemed conveyance order, the stamp duty and registration office where the document is registered to the land records department where the property is transferred in name of the housing society.

However, the Maharashtra Ownership Flats (MOFA) (Amendment) Rules 2010 now states that housing societies only have to fill the application and submit it along with whatever documents are relevant. Ramesh Prabhu, chairman of Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association said that this change is in keeping with demands from housing societies that had objected to the cumbersome process earlier prescribed by the state government. "This would be a major relief to housing societies," he said.

Sixteen district deputy registrars of co-operative societies across the state have been designated as the competent authority to grant the deemed conveyance orders. For Mumbai city, western and eastern suburbs, the deputy registrars in charge are Arif Mohammad (Malhotra House, Opp GPO in Fort), SP Ghorpade (MHADA building at Bandra east) and Milind Borikar (Konkan Bhavan at CBD Belapur) respectively.

"Already the offices for western and eastern suburbs have received 50 and 12 applications respectively. The government has promised to appoint more district registrars in Mumbai in case there is a surge in the number of applications for deemed conveyance," said Prabhu.

Under MOFA, builders have to form the society once they sell more than 60% of the flats in the building; within four months. After this they has to give conveyance of land and building to the society. However more than 80% of the 60,000 housing colonies in the state, a majority of these from Mumbai suburbs and Thane have failed to get the conveyance deed from builders.

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