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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 uncov¬ered, and what should a purchaser do to protect himself against these factors?

- by Kashyap, 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 of  Urban Development Authorities (BDA, BMRDA, KIADB, highway and other planning authorities, 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 always be better to register the sale agreement and get the property registered at the earliest. Paper notification of the intention of purchase of particular property would help the purchaser to a certain extent.


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


Q:- I am purchasing a site from CMC limits and it is also a co-operative society site. The query is that the bank where I had applied for loan told me that this site will come under green belt and they cannot fund for this site. My query is for this site, the Katha certificate is there, recent tax paid receipts are there, encumbrance is there, GPA is there and almost the documents are all correct and one more, people have constructed houses next to this layout, and there is BDA Layout coming next to 0.5 km from this site and there are roads, lights, water, and there is no problem at all. I do not know why the bank is telling that this site will come under green belt. Please furnish all the details as to how this comes under green belt. I am speaking about the Karmikara Raitara Sangha and Dwarakanagar Welfare Association, which is located in Channasandra near Uttarahalli.

Q:- How safe is buying DC – Converted site in and around BDA Layouts?

Q:- I have purchased a site measuring 30’ X 40’ in a private layout formed on a converted land. The layout has roads, drainage, water and power facilities and is well developed. The layout is situated at Parapana Agrahara. Recently, BDA has notified this survey no. for acquisition for formation of Hi-tech city.  The preliminary notification is released recently. Please advise how to proceed?

Q:- I have purchased a land on Kanakapura road from one of my friends. On verifying the documents I came to know that the said land was originally allotted to the member of a Schedule Caste from the Government of Karnataka. My friend from whom I have purchased the land had purchased it from the said member of Schedule Caste 10 years back. I learnt there are some restrictions on sale of such property. Please inform whether I derive good, valid title to the land?