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In connection with the purchase of a plot in a township on Mysore Road, I have paid major portion of the sale consideration to the developer. But the developer has not completed even half of the work and the progress work is unduly slow for various personal reasons of the builder. I have lost interest in the plot because of this. Please advise me how to get back my money with interest from the builder?

- by Lakshminarayan, Bangalore

Before purchasing a plot on the outskirts of the city one should thoroughly check the reputation of the builder, title of property and future development in the area. If these initial checks are not properly done, one will face problems as you do now. If the promoter is unable to continue with the work, you have every right to ask for refund of the money along with interest. If the promoter fails to return the money along with interest, you may approach the Consumer Redressal Forum for remedy.

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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:- I am lucky that I got an allotment of site in Anjanapura Layout. The BDA has executed the sale deed in my favour on payment of full amount; the sale deed is in my possession. I have possession certificate and Katha issued by BDA in my favour. I am paying the property tax regularly; I have not fenced the site, as BDA has installed board indicating the site numbers. I was away from the country for the last six months and returned recently. During my recent visit to site, I was surprised, as I could not locate my site. It has been encroached by my neighbour who has constructed a compound. The board indicating the site numbers is removed. Please advise me how to get my site as BDA expressed helplessness.

Q:- My friend had purchased a house in Gadag.  It has only ground floor. He has permitted me to construct another floor (1st floor) and to use it for my residence or let out.  He assures me that I would be the Owner of that floor and is willing to execute any documents in this regard.  Please suggest the proper documents to be obtained.

Q:- I have purchased a site from my friend. My friend got the site by allotment of BDA and has paid the full value to the BDA, which has executed a conditional sale deed.  The sale deed has put a condition that the transferee should not sell the site for a period of 10 years from 1986 that is up to 1996, whereas I purchased it in 1994.  I have paid full price and the sale deed is registered in my name.  Please advise whether the condition put by BDA would trouble me.

Q:- My cousin is a minor and owns certain immovable properties in Mysore. He would be completing 18 years of age on 12th March 2005.  It is learnt that his natural guardian is negotiating to lease out his properties for 15 years. Please advise me whether he can lease the property for 15 years.

Q:- I have constructed a residential complex which I would like to let out. My son suggests having leave and license agreement, instead of lease or rental agreement.  Please inform what is the difference between rental agreement with leave & license agreement?