Pune: If you are tired of being fleeced by estate agents and property lawyers while making leave & license agreements, here is some good news. The department of Registration and Stamp has started an online initiative where agreements, including digital photographs, will be put up on a website. This move will do away with middlemen. But, only those with a Aadhar card can use this service as the registration requires a thumb impression.
Approximately, 700-800 tenancy agreements are filed on a daily basis in Pune city. Officials said one of the foremost benefit for end-users will be the monetary gain as people will pay the exact amount of registration and stamping fees, sans ‘consultation’ charges. The current procedure mandates that leave and licence agreements are to be submitted to the area sub-register office, and a copy for police verification.
Shrikar Pardeshi, Inspector General of Registration (IGR) and Controller of Stamps said, “Citizens face issues such as high lawyer fees, consulting agents, bringing two witnesses along and waiting in queues, apart from the time and effort in locating sub-register offices. Hence, we came up with the idea of e-registration and e-filing.”
Apart from filling the online form, the user has to provide a biometric thumb impression followed by a digital photo and signature of both tenant and owner and details of witnesses. Deputy IGR (Pune region) Rajendra Kshirsagar said, “This process will be cheaper by at least 20 to 40 per cent than employing lawyers.”
How to avail the biometric thumb impressions?
Desk officer (IGR), Santosh Hingane explains there are talks with CFC’s and MS-CIT run centres in the city. “There are about 200 centres in the city offering biometric thumb impression and digital signatures.” Meanwhile, lawyers and say the idea is impractical.
Lawyer Sudhakar Kute, president of Conveyancing Lawyer Association has denied that lawyers charge exorbitant fees. “The online format is not practical. However, tenancy agreements are not a one-size-fits-all formula. Specific clauses of the Registration Act pertaining to minute details such as renewal, deposit return, etc have not been mentioned.”