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I am not able to understand the difference between Khata Certificate and Khata Extract. Would you please enlighten me on this?  Could you also brief me about the importance of Encumbrance Certificate?

- by Venketesh, Srirampuram

Khata is revenue record main¬tained by the municipal authorities in respect of a property standing in the name of a particular person for purposes of assessment and collection of property tax. As it is a secondary document, in the absence of primary documents like sale deed, gift, partition deed, release deed, will, grant, etc., It does not establish the title in its totality.

Khata Certificate is a certificate issued by the Municipal authority Office confirming that the Khata of a particular property stands in the name of particular person/s.
Khata Extract is the extract of the tax assessment register maintained at Municipal Office giving complete details of the property like area of the site, building, property tax levied, cess and total tax payable, name of the previous owner and the present owner.

Encumbrance Certificates are issued by sub-registrar offices for a specific period as required by the applicant. They contain the details of the property like survey no, house no, boundaries, and encumbrance like sale, gift, mortgage of the property if any which are registered at the said sub-registrar's office. They do not reflect the encumbrances which are not registered.


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