Make a deed if you wish to reward an immovable property

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I’m the first proprietor and my sister is the co-owner of a flat. Nevertheless, I need her to be the only proprietor. Do I have to go for a present or a launch deed?

—Rajnish Shah

In case you and your sister are co-owners of the flat, and there’s no encumbrance on the flat that precludes you from transferring your curiosity within the flat to your sister, then chances are you’ll go for both a present deed or launch deed to switch your curiosity within the flat to her. On this case, for the reason that launch of your curiosity within the flat might be with out consideration, it could be within the nature of a present and accordingly, the provisions of the Switch of Property Act, 1882 (TOPA) would apply each to the deed of reward as additionally the deed of launch.

As per the provisions of TOPA, a present of immovable property must be made by way of a deed in writing by the donor to the donee and accepted by or on behalf of the donee, in the course of the life time of the donor. The donor ought to be competent to contract, and the rules laid down within the Indian Contract Act, 1872, referring to free consent, would apply to the donor on the time of constructing the reward. However the donee needn’t be competent to contract and in such a scenario a present could also be accepted by, or on behalf of such an individual who shouldn’t be competent to contract, for instance, a minor.

Additional, as per the provisions of TOPA, the written instrument or the deed in writing effecting the switch have to be signed by (or on behalf of) the donor, and attested by a minimum of two witnesses and registered below the provisions of the Indian Registration Act, 1908. A deed of launch is an instrument executed between co-owners whereby one of many co-owners releases or renounces his curiosity within the specified property in favour of one other and the results of such launch can be the enlargement of the share of the opposite co-owner(s). A launch deed might both be with or with out consideration. As you wish to launch your share with out your sister paying you any consideration, the provisions of TOPA would apply to the deed of launch.

The execution of the deed of launch and that of reward will appeal to stamp responsibility in accordance with the legal guidelines of the state the place the flat is located. Stamp responsibility differs from state to state and the speed of stamp responsibility payable will rely upon the character of the doc executed by you and your sister (viz; reward deed, launch deed). You possibly can determine on the type of the doc (i.e., whether or not it ought to be by means of a deed of reward or a launch deed) relying upon the stamp legal guidelines of the state the place the flat is situated.

Keep in mind that the aforementioned doc must be registered with the workplace of the sub-registrar of assurances inside whose sub-district the flat is located, inside 4 months of the date of execution. Relevant registration fees might be leviable thereon. The kind of doc you select to switch your curiosity to your sister would rely upon the details and circumstances relevant to you. However each types of paperwork can be potential from a authorized perspective.

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