Boon for Home Owners in Chandigarh: UT Admin Enables Need-Based Changes Policy, Easy Occupancy Certificates

UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday endorsed all recommendations made by an MP-led panel, including allowing needs-based changes in boarding accommodation, easy access to certificates of occupancy and linking of civic body records with property registration.

UT adviser Dharam Pal said: “The administrator has given his approval to almost all of the proposals. The panel has been asked to submit its reports by April.
The 11-member committee on property issues is headed by Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher and was constituted on October 5, 2021, pursuant to a Supreme Court order, dated September 7, 2021, in the Estate case Officer vs. Charanjit Kaur and Others.

The SC had ordered the formation of the committee to streamline the process for sanctioning transfers, granting occupancy and no-objection certificates, and other citizen-centric requirements.

The committee had recommended a reduction of the unearned increment in the value of leasehold properties – the difference between the price paid by the original assignee and the market value paid at the time of its transfer – from 33.33% (1/ 3) existing at 25% or 20% (1/4 or 1/5). The panel also granted more time for the transfer of ownership which will benefit 10,000 families in 108 cooperative societies.

Easy access to occupancy certificates

The panel recommended that home owners, who do not have mandatory occupancy certificates, receive this on the basis of sewer, water or electric hookups.

Link MC records with ownership record
The committee recommended linking civic records with those of the housing commission, as several landlords are paying hundreds of thousands in fines because they are unable to update property records with the municipality.

Green light for changes as needed
The panel also approved needs-based changes in smaller apartments after reviewing structural safety and payment of composition fees.

Reduced FAR fees
The committee also asked for a rationalization of the rates of increase in the coefficient of occupation of the grounds (FAR) or the built surface.

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