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I am a regular reader of Real Estate Reporter particularly the columns, frequently asked questions and questions & answers on property matters. Recently I was transferred to Mandya and negotiated a house for rent. The owner insisted on an agreement of 11 months only whereas I wanted for three years. Please let me know, what is the secret behind this eleven months agreement?

- by Suresh Babu, Mysore

According to the Transfer of Property Act any document which creates interest or right in the property for more than one year or more, or the value of which is more than Rs.100/- needs registration. Further stamp duty payable on such documents is also more.

To avoid the payment of stamp duty and registration charges, both the owners and tenants avoid rental agreements in excess of eleven months.
You may agree for rental agreement of eleven months with an option to renew the agreement for another eleven months twice, making total tenancy period of 33 months.

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

QUESTIONS

Q:- If there are both agreements to Sell and Sale deed with regard to a common property and sale deed has been executed, then which of the two, i.e. sale deed or agreement to sell should be given weight age?

Q:- I am resident of Bangalore and I have few questions on real estate in Bangalore. I heard there is a GO passed by Karnataka government, banning all the registrations process by CMC. Is this GO applicable only in the city of Bangalore or whole of Karnataka? Has this been lifted or still in place? Do I have to pay VAT and Service Tax if I book apartment from a builder? The apartment builder told me that there will be a construction agreement and a land agreement. Since, the construction agreement more is like a service rendered by builder to the buyer, can I just buy Service tax on the construction cost?

Q:- Is it possible to execute a sale deed on the basis of a Power of Attorney executed in foreign country before the India Embassy and duly adjudicated by the Collector of Stamps in India? 

Q:- I purchased a property and the vendor has executed the Sale Deed in favour of me. Kindly enlighten me whether I have to preserve the agreement entered with the Vendor as a document along with the sale deed?

Q:- I have entered into an agreement to purchase a property at Hongasandra which falls under the area of Bommasandra CMC.  The party is having CMC Katha, tax paid receipts. I have paid 50% of the sale price. Now, the Sub-registrar has refused to register the property. My agreement is going to lapse within one month.  What should I do in this situation?