Verification of the previous ownership of the property
This question is regarding a plot of land (around 4000 square feet). It is for sale at a low price. The current owner purchased it from one person (SELLER3), who in turn purchased it from one more person (SELLER2), who in turn purchased it from another person (SELLER1) through three registered sale deeds. But the first seller (SELLER1) did not mention in his sale deed from whom he purchased it. All the three sales took place during 2016 and 2017. They have tax receipts for only 2 years. How do I verify whether they are genuine owners? How do I verify the title of this plot? What precautions should we take and what all do we need to check the title of the plot of land? It was outside the municipal limits till around 2010. Currently it is within municipal limits. Kindly help me. Thank you very much.
In order to determine the title of the property, the first thing that must be done is to review the present owner’s original title deed. Following this, the prior title deeds must be verified. The other documents which may be found with the office of the sub-registrar relating to the property must thereafter be checked. Thus documents dated back to at least the last thirty years must be reviewed. However it is best to allow an advocate to conduct such investigation as it might be a difficult task for a layman to carry out.
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