Property tax fee has been a routine affair for N. Rama Murthy, a property proprietor from Malkajgiri Circle of GHMC, for the previous 20 years since he owned a home.
This 12 months, he was in for a shock, when he tried to pay the dues. To his bewilderment, he realised that his property will not be in his identify any extra in GHMC information. It has been mutated to a stranger, about whose existence he had no data in any respect. He has neither offered nor transferred his property in anyone’s identify to date.
“When we enquired with the GHMC circle level officials, they said they changed the details in the records upon receiving the mutation certificate from the registration department. We were directed to approach the sub-registrar for rectification,” stated N. Sreedhar, Mr. Rama Murthy’s son.
Upon verification, it has come to mild that Mr. Rama Murthy’s PTIN has been erroneously talked about as the seller N. Venkata Ramana Murthy’s, within the registration paperwork, resulting in the blunder.
“The building plan shown in the registration document was not ours, the building was not ours, and name of the vendor was different, but somehow, the property tax mutation has been done without verification of any of these things. For no fault of ours, I have been doing rounds of GHMC circle office and the SRO,” Mr. Sreedhar fumes.
This will not be the predicament of Mr. Rama Murthy or Mr. Sreedhar alone. There are scores of such circumstances throughout the circles, whereby properties have been mutated with out data of the property house owners, be it by means of omission or fee.
Post the current municipal reforms, evaluation and mutation of properties for the tax objective has been transferred from GHMC to the Registrations division. While the reforms have been effectively supposed in an effort to cut back handbook intervention within the assessments, it’s resulting in a number of points with regard to possession.
“We have been staying for years in the house my grandfather purchased way back in 1955. In 2018, I paid all the pending tax dues through one-time settlement. This year, to my dismay, the municipal records show a different name as the owner for the same PTIN,” says Venkatesh, one other property proprietor from Goshamahal circle.
Officials attribute such errors to the doc writers outdoors the SRO who don’t train due diligence whereas checking the property particulars. Sometimes, the intentions could possibly be malafide too.
“In GHMC website, PTIN can be found merely by keying in the door number. Some times, we are getting three or four mutation requests with the same PTIN number,” says an Assistant Municipal Commissioner beneath the situation of anonymity.
He says he has encountered three such circumstances — one involving the property of an octogenarian — whereby the prevailing PTINs have been mutated with out data of the proprietor.
Officials from the Registration division admit that there have been cases of such blunders, and say that the house owners must method the District Registration Office through the sub-registrar for decision of such points.