Building registration in Kerala set to become dearer on the back of union govt’s new criteria

MK Suresh

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Thiruvananthapuram: With the implementation of Central Public Works Department’s (CPWD) criteria, registration cost of buildings mentioned under the title deed will increase. The rate of property will now be determined by the government's criteria and as a result, the proportionate amount will be reflected in the stamp paper.

The inputs from local body governments will be considered for determining the rate of the property. Internal audit manual also prescribes the authority concerned to detail the rationale if they consider any other methods.

Following are the major directions given by CPWD:

If it comes to light that a property has been registered at slashed rates, then the District Registrar (audit authority) should initiate suo moto procedures.

The initial explanation on the matters mentioned in the audit report need to be submitted before higher authorities within 21 days. If the defaulters are already transferred from the office, then their present higher authorities will be intimated within 14 days. If the defaulters have retired or not responded to the notice in 21 days, another notice will be issued.

District Registrar (audit) will be responsible for auditing Sub Registrar offices. If the District Registrar is not present, then the District Registrar General will be responsible for auditing. It may be noted that Idukki, Wayanad and Kasargod districts do not have District Registrars (audit).

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