07 DECEMBER, 2022

Owning a property in Maharashtra was a lengthy process earlier. The government has made it easier for property owners to amend their documents with recent changes in regulations. It has also become simpler to buy or sell property, access information related to your land, or settle any disputes. The introduction of the property card in Mumbai has brought about this change.

After the digitisation of land record services in Maharashtra, the online property card has become an even more important document. If you are an existing property owner in Maharashtra or looking to invest in land there, this property card is crucial.

Resolving issues such as illegal land seizing, disputes, and ownership of ancestral property is now easier. You can access all possible details about a plot of land with the help of the property card. You can also trace ownership details, encroachments, cultivation information, and litigations.

Read on to learn more about how to apply for a property card, what it consists of, the importance of having one, and more.

How to Apply for a Property Card in Mumbai?

Applying for a certified property card in Maharashtra is not a complicated process. You can log in to the AapleSarkar portal and visit the land record sub-department. A drop-down menu will appear. You will need to select ‘issuing of a certified copy of property card’ from the list. 

Next, you will need to enter the required personal details- these include the name of the applicant, complete address with pin code, contact number, email address, and Aadhar card number.

You will, then, need to fill in the following details:

  • the district, village, and taluka associated with the property
  • the city survey office’s name
  • the ward and city survey number
  • plot details
  • the number of copies of the property card in Mumbai that you require.

You also need to submit the office order date, map, and mutation number. After this, you will receive an application number which is mandatory to remember or save somewhere. You may also require a letter from your employer to verify the land loan you have taken.

Once you have completed the above, you will go to the payment page. It is recommended to verify all the details before you pay. 

Apply for a Property Card Offline

In order to apply for a property card offline, you need to follow the steps listed below.

  • Visit the nearest office of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning.
  • Get an application form from the office.
  • Enter the necessary details and complete the application form.
  • Once done, submit it along with the attachments to the authority.
  • Once the internal processes are over, you will get an SMS alert consisting of the current status of your card.
  • Once your application gets approved, you can collect your property card in 2-3 weeks from the office.

Details Included in a Property Card

The property card is an essential document as it contains the following information about a plot of land.

  • The type of land – residential or agricultural
  • Cultivation details, in the case of an agricultural plot of land
  • Total area of land covered by the plot
  • Complete ownership details
  • Plot number of the land
  • Full details about the property, its area, and survey information
  • Encroachment information, if relevant
  • Litigation or legal proceeding details, if relevant
  • Entire tax-related history, details of paid and unpaid taxes, on that plot of land.

All information related to a particular piece of land is included in the property card.

Importance of Having a Property Card in Mumbai

Owning a property card is imperative as a property owner in Mumbai. It ensures the smooth processing of many details related to your property ownership. Earlier, when you needed any information regarding your land, you would need to visit a physical office. You would also need to decipher the correct department to visit, complete an application, and then pay a fee. The digitisation of ownership records means you can skip all those formalities.

The property card is useful and essential in many ways. Some of them are as follows.

  • When you need to buy or sell property, the Property card is an important document.
  • In case of any land-related litigation or ownership matters, the card is useful.
  • If anyone tries to seize your land unlawfully, this card protects you against crime.
  • The property card comes in handy for completing lengthy real estate procedures. Submitting your property card number can help omit many detailed processes.
  • Helps access past transactions related to a property.
  • Reduces the chances of forgery and wrongful possession of a plot of land.
  • The card can be used in the courts to authenticate claims that a property owner makes.

How to Check the Status Of the Application?

The status of the application is updated once a week. You may contact the property card authority handling your application to check the status. You can also check other reliable websites and forums with a section for property cards.

The official website for the property card in Maharashtra is the Mahabhulekhi or the ‘Maharashtra Bhumi Anhilekh’. Once you enter your details and log in, you can access important information about your property card. 

If you are from outside Maharashtra or do not live in Mumbai, you can contact the Mumbai collector's office directly.

Required Documents

The following documents are required for all types of property cards in Mumbai.

  • Income Tax Declaration Form No. 637 (Application Form). The form number can be found in the heading of your application letter from the Mumbai Collector.
  • Permanent Account Number (PAN).
  • Attempt Letter/Suggestion Letter from the applicant's neighbourhood resident.
  • Proof of Residence in Mumbai (a government-issued Identity card with address).
  • Complete name, address, and proof of date of birth (such as school leaving certificate).
  • Voter's Card
  • Passport-size photo
  • Proof of Residence in Mumbai and proof of income (such as utility bills and bank statements).
  • Property and Land Documents (such as title deeds).
  • A chartered accountant or surveyor certificate shows that the applicant is not a defaulter for any payment obligations under Indian laws regarding property tax or property tax dues.
  • Birth Certificate. If married, both partners must also submit their birth certificates.

Conclusion

Procuring a property card in Mumbai is a pretty easy process. The government of Maharashtra has made it seamless to apply for the document online, with a few easy steps to follow. It has also become essential to possess this card. Any land-related matters become simple to address when you have this card, and it is also not complicated to search for information with the help of the property card number.

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