We at NRI Legal Services have a complete gamut of offerings related to search, retrieval, analysis and review of all type of legal documents and public records related to any type of real estate asset – Agricultural, residential and commercial. NRIs or people of the Indian diaspora generally face a nightmarish situation and many impediments in their quest to ascertain the latest ownership of a particular property in India. They face many legal issues regarding ‘Title Search’ as they do not have complete control or knowledge about their properties in India, which is further exacerbated by the fact that most of these records do not have any easy and convenient online retrieval system, but are mired in arcane and manual record keeping systems.
Our ‘Title Search’ services provide an exhaustive and in-depth search of public records to determine and confirm a property’s legal ownership. Irrespective of a property having been bought or inherited, it is imperative for NRIs to have complete knowledge and control on the details about their properties located in India and the latest certified records of such properties proving unequivocally the latest ownership pattern of the said property. This is to ensure that their properties are secure and there is no element of uncertainty with regards to the ownership of these properties. Having updated title documents in their possession, physical status of the property, status of the person in possession and the capacity in which the property is being occupied also needs to be known. In addition to that the commercial value of the property is a key piece of information desired by NRIs
Our ‘Title Search’ services provide precisely this exhaustive and comprehensive information set to our clients. The salient features of our services are
- We obtain certified copies of the latest title records from the concerned authorities to verify and validate the ownership status of that particular property and provide the same to our clients.
- Our team of specialists help in physical verification of the property by visiting the property and finding the on-ground status on the current occupant of the property and how they are in possession of the said property.
- Photographs of the property are included as part of the comprehensive report we provide to our clients, based on the ‘Title Search’ undertaken.
- In a few areas across India some records are available online, but these are mostly insufficient and, in most cases, not updated. Thereby not allowing the client to get an in-depth overview. We obtain documentation (current as well as old records) to have a complete understanding of the history of ownership of the property.
- Translation of documents, which are mostly in vernacular languages, for clear understanding of the documents is also undertaken by our legal firm.
- If illegal transfer or an invalid sale or exchange has been committed, the client is updated about the same and given legal advice to take timely action in order to challenge the same and restore his/her rights over the property.
This entire information set coupled with latest certified copies of documents is provided to our clients in the form of an exhaustive and in-depth report. The genesis behind providing such an in-depth and exhaustive report to our clients is the clear understanding on our part, of the needs of our clients and their desire to have a complete comprehensive understanding of their real estate assets in India.
Our nationwide team of world class documents specialist who have decades of experience and understanding of how the record keeping system works in India provides us an unbeatable edge in delivering to our client’s expectations.
As the property documents are in vernacular languages, what service is provided for those who cannot understand such languages?
The property documents procured in vernacular languages are translated into English to ensure a clear understanding of the documents by our clients.
As we cannot physically visit the property ourselves, will the report include the photographs of the property?
As our local team physically visits the property to understand its correct actual on-ground status, we include the photographs of the property in the title search report to give detailed information regarding the property.
Yes, an NRI can conduct a title search for all kinds of properties, whether ancestral or self-acquired.
Yes, one can conduct a title search for all kinds of real estate assets – agricultural, residential and commercial properties.
Does the report contain information about the historical background regarding property’s ownership?
Yes, in addition to the current ownership status of the property, details regarding its previous owners are also extensively mentioned in the title search report.
I had executed a PoA (Power of Attorney) in my brother’s name, and I think he has misused the same to change the ownership of my property. How can I inspect the same without letting him know about it?
As the title search is exhaustive, it gives precise details about the property’s past and present ownership status along with mutation/transaction entries. In case there is any illegal transfer, we provide legal advice in this regard so that the concerned person can take timely action to challenge any unlawful transfer. This helps NRIs in restoring their rights in the property by adopting legal measures.
If I am planning to purchase a property in India, how can I obtain all the information? Can it be obtained through a title search to help me analyze whether the purchase will be beneficial?
Along with the property’s current ownership status and commercial (market) value, the title search report also provides information regarding mortgage, loan, or pending litigation concerning the property. This can help understand the actual current value of the property as an asset.
Yes, the title search report also contains the commercial value of the property that a certified evaluator evaluates.
Yes, the title search report also mentions the total area/size of the property in addition to the complete description/address of the property.
The Title Search service provided by NRI Legal Services is conducted based on public records. It is exhaustive research that determines the legal ownership by analyzing the latest certified documents of the concerned property.
A title search ensures no uncertainty exists regarding ownership of the property, as lack of physical presence in the country can be a reason for the failure to have complete knowledge of the properties situated in India.
There is no requirement for NRIs to travel to India to initiate the process of a title search. NRIs can do a Title search even in their absence. A detailed and comprehensive report is also shared with them at their residence, making the entire process easy and convenient for them.
As the title search process is exhaustive, the team of specialists at NRI Legal Services visits the property to ascertain its on-ground status.