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Assam is one of the states in India, where buying a property becomes expensive, because of the exorbitant levy imposed by the authorities. The stamp duty and registration charge Guwahati, the capital of India’s north-eastern state of Assam, are much higher than that in most other Indian states.
Owing to the high duty, home buyers in Guwahati often delay property registration or try to avoid doing so altogether, to save on costs. Even though this results in huge revenue loss to the local authorities, Assam continues with an exorbitantly high rate regime of stamp duty and registration charges.
Discussed in this article is the amount that you will have to pay towards Guwahati stamp duty and registration charges, to become a property owner in Assam’s capital.
Stamp duty in Guwahati in 2021
After continuous demands from real estate lobbies that argued that the high stamp duty and registration charges (buyers had to ultimately pay 16.5% of the property value as duties) was adversely impacting realty growth in the state, Assam lowered the stamp duty on property. However, the overall money (14.5%) that home buyers in Guwahati have to pay as stamp duty and registration charges, continues to be among the highest in India.
|Property owner||Stamp duty as a percentage of registered property value||Registration charge as a percentage of the property value|
*This rate for registration charge is applicable on properties worth over Rs 5 lakhs.
Stamp duty for women in Guwahati
If a property is being registered in the name of a woman in Guwahati, the buyer would enjoy a 100-percentage-point relaxation on the stamp duty payment. As against 6% in case of a male owners, women property buyers have to pay only 5% as stamp duty on property registration across Assam.
Flat registration charges in Guwahati
No other state in India imposes registration charges on property as high as Assam. Irrespective of the gender, buyers in the state have to pay 8.5% of the property value (where the value exceeds Rs 5 lakhs) as the registration charge in Guwahati, to complete property transactions and get the conveyance deed registered in the government’s records. However, the percentage of the registration amount may be lower in case of low-budget properties.
Extra expense: Charge on NOC from GMDA
Further adding to the cost of registration, the Guwahati Municipal Development Authority (GMDA) charges a 1% levy for providing no-objection certificate (NOC) for sale permission.
|Document type||Processing fees for NOC|
|NOC for sale/ transfer/ sub-division of land||1% of the total value of the land, excluding the value of the building.|
|NOC for apartment/flat sale/transfer||1% will be limited to the extent of the value of the land component only.|
See also: What is a no-objection certificate (NOC)
What is the Sixth Schedule?
The Sixth Schedule provides provisions for the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram, under Article 244 of the Constitution of India. The Sixth Schedule allows autonomous district councils to make laws, prohibiting outsiders from buying tribal lands in these states.
Can I buy property anywhere in Assam?
Various parts of the state fall under the Sixth Schedule areas while many others fall under the tribal belt. While people from outside the state cannot buy land that falls under the Sixth Schedule, non-tribal people cannot buy land in the tribal areas of the state.
Which are the areas in Assam where outsiders cannot buy land?
In 17 tribal belts and 30 blocks of Assam that are spread across many districts, non-tribal people are not allowed to buy land. The district in which these belts and blocks are located include Tinsukia, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Morigaon, Lakhimpur, Kamrup, Kamrup, Goalpara, Dhemaji, Darrang, Bongaigaon and four districts under the Bodoland Territorial Council.