Addressing the land scams in Northern Bengaluru
Land ownership can be a double-edged sword. While it has the capacity for rapid wealth generation, there has also been a rise in scams related to the land registry. At present, innocent buyers are losing their hard-earned money by being victims of unscrupulous people. Imagine the plight of these poor individuals when they realize that their site is being sold to another person, and they are not even aware of that earlier! Such acts should be addressed at the earliest, so that innocent people don’t fall prey to the shrewd manipulation of dishonest developers.
The pressing problem at Northern Bengaluru
Double registration land scams are prevalent in North Bengaluru, especially Bagalur, Mahadeva Kodigehalli, Bandikodigehalli, and Marulakunte. The worst part here is that layout developers indulge in this unfair act with the help of staff in the registration office and brokers. The profit that they earn is a huge one.
Mental distress to land buyers
The mental agony that the buyers undergo deserves due attention. The land developers pay no heed to this, and they just care about their fortune. The innocent victims wish that the law gives the needed solution to them. The unfortunate aspect of this scam is that although buyers possess genuine documents, the developers still do these frauds without the knowledge of the buyers. That said, the site developers use different survey numbers for the same sites. For the uninitiated, a land survey number is a unique number assigned to a particular piece of land to keep records. It contains details about the area, size, structure, and possession of the land.
How is a survey number important in Land dealings?
The land has always been a much-sought investment option in Indian real estate due to cheaper maintenance, lower investment cost, etc. Now that we saw the surge of land frauds in northern Bengaluru, it becomes essential to comprehend the significance of survey numbers. While investing in a property, you should be aware of the survey number to avoid legal problems.
Why is it not legal to sell the same property to multiple buyers?
First things first. If any developer sells the same property to multiple individuals, the title of the property turns defective. Here comes Section 420 IPC into the picture. For the uninitiated, this section is related to treating dishonesty which persuades the site delivery to another person. In this regard, you can file a declaratory suit against the cheating person that you are the actual titleholder of the property. It should be noted that the bank has the right to sue the developer for breach of contract in specific cases. The affected person can also approach a consumer forum. Remember that absence of clear-cut proof of ownership leads to more scams about the land registry. Hence, the key lies in the buyer being very careful. The land registry process in our country has some basic defects, and the scammers do their best to exploit it. Though there are various issues, including title cheating, fast sales, assuring guaranteed returns but not giving it, delay in possession, and selling without legal binding, selling the same site to different buyers is the major problem now in North Bengaluru.
Tips for the innocent homeowners to avoid falling into the trap of such developers
Land grabbing and encroachment have seen a meteoric rise in North Bengaluru, and nettv4u is doing its best to address this issue. The key is incorrectly registering the plot in the rightful owner’s name. It’s better to gather a copy of the Encumbrance Certificate from the respective sub-registrar office. A compound wall can be developed to avoid actions like other people building sheds on innocent owners’ lands. Sufficient signage should be erected. The original plot owners can pay off any outstanding amount to get relief on the safer side. Earlier digitized land records seemed to be a mirage, but now they are slowly being considered. Transparency in real-estate activities is the need of the hour, and digitally signed khata certificates will be a boon for innocent homeowners. As told earlier, Section 420 IPC deals with this issue. The additional point is that you can file a criminal complaint under the same. You can state clearly that the site that has been sold to you has been unfairly sold to another person. Besides filing a criminal suit, you can also file a civil suit to get justice earlier.
Let’s not allow such unscrupulous acts to overtake us
It is really pitiable that despite measures by the government to prevent such issues, they are still happening. For example, the government’s stress on affordable housing besides RERA and decreasing interest rates has made the buyers overjoyed. When the real estate sector is developed in a streamlined way, such scams will see a decline. But with good news, here also comes bad happenings. Some ruthless developers still indulge in cheating innocent buyers. What drives these people to engage in such acts? Though this is not the crux of this topic, we can definitely say that most fraudulent practices lie unrevealed, and there is a cooperation between several parties. Ultimately, the homebuyer is the one to be affected. The biting reality is that you may be better informed, but still, you could be cheated by the scammers. In fact, Bengaluru has witnessed about 8 cases of cheating every day in 2019, and the same land being sold to multiple people, but with different survey numbers were also included in this category. There were over 3000 hapless people who were affected by such scams a couple of years ago, as per City Crime Record Bureau. And now, with the bringing to light of Northern Bengaluru’s scam, one only wishes the numbers to decrease.
Individuals should understand the land revenue laws. You don’t want to let your hard-earned money be associated with a legal dispute. As of now, buyers of 6 sites who purchased the land in Nandagokul layout (Maralukunte) 7 years ago approached nettv4u to share this scam. And nettv4u immediately got into action and found that several other sites of this developer were used for double sale. As a relief to these innocent buyers, TV 9 Kannada is going to investigate the scam of such ruthless developers. After all, a stitch in time saves nine.