Can NRI/PIO transfer immovable property in India?

Yes, they can acquire or transfer immovable property in India on a lease not exceeding five years.

Is there any timeline for the registration of an instrument?

Yes, an instrument that requires mandatory registration shall be registered within four months from the execution of the said instrument. However, if the said four months expire, one could avail an additional four months to register the said instrument.

How can one calculate stamp duty on a particular instrument?

The Schedule under the Indian Stamp Act governs the stamp duty collected on a particular instrument. Furthermore, each state may have its amendment in the said Act.

What is the purpose of registration?

Registering a document is for the purpose to give information on particular properties by getting the document executed. The said documents require mandatory registration, which will provide legitimacy to rights and can be further presented as evidence before the Court of law. The courts of law rely heavily on such records for deciding property disputes.

Is there a restriction on the number of residential or commercial properties an NRI / PIO can purchase?

No restrictions are there on the number of residential /commercial properties that NRI/PIO can purchase; moreover, no special permission is required from RBI for the same.

Is NRI/PIO permitted to acquire an agricultural land/ plantation property/farm house in India?

No, an NRI can’t acquire any agricultural land/ plantation property/farm house in India. However, an NRI can be a holder of any agricultural land/ plantation property/farm house in India through succession or being an existing holder.

Who can purchase immovable property in India?

The following types can purchase immovable property in India:
Non-Resident Indian (NRI)
Person of Indian Origin (PIO)
However, the law is limited to only the purchase of a residential and commercial property.

What is a transfer deed?

An instrument to transfer title rights, interest, ownership and possession in an immovable property from one person to another person is called a transfer deed.

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