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Certain hidden facts like pending cases, prior agreements, government notification of the property cannot be traced easily by verification of the documents.  How can these hidden factors be uncovered, and what should a purchaser do to protect himself against these factors?

- by Siddappa, Bangalore

Generally seller hands over the copies of  property documents to the purchaser to examine the title.  Such documents contain only title documents, which may be cross checked in sub registrar’s office.  But they do not disclose, any pending litigations, prior agreements which are not registered and government notifications.

Purchaser should be cautious and search records at Jurisdictional Courts to rule out the possibility of pending cases and also in offices Urban Development Authorities, BDA, BMRDA, KIADB, etc. to rule out the acquisition notifications.

It would be difficult to verify any existing prior agreements which are not registered.  Proper enquiries with owner of the property, with neighbours may be helpful.  It would be always better to register the sale agreement and get the property registered at the earliest.


These are all the legal questions answered by Advocate S.Selvakumar in various magazines, in various occasion including realestate reporter monthly.