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Documentation is an essential part of a property acquisition process. However, it may well turn out to be a complicated one.

Different states in India have different requirements. There are many laws that govern the purchase of properties. There are various types of properties that you would want to buy and you’ll require certain documents while buying them. Let us have an overview of the most important legal documents to be verified in case of various properties –

(I) Purchase of freehold residential plot/house:

The main documents to be verified in such a case are –

# Copy of the sale deed through which the seller got his title to the property
# Copies of all earlier sale deeds to verify the chain of past owners of the property
# Registration details of the sale deed
# Agreement to sell the property
# Receipts of payments made by the purchaser to the seller
# Copy of the sale deed for registration purposes

(II) Purchase of property from original allottee of a government authority:

In case you purchase property from original allottee of a government development authority, i.e. DDA or MHADA, the documents you need are –

* Allocation letter
* Allotment letter
* Possession letter
* Receipts of payments made to authority

(III) Purchase of property from power of attorney (POA) holder of original allottee of a government development authority:

Apart from the documents mentioned above, the main documents you’ll need to verify here are –

# Permission to mortgage
# Authorisation letter signed by the seller
# Receipts of payments made by purchaser to seller
# Verification of signature of seller from his bank
# General power of attorney
# Special power of attorney
# Will Agreement to sell the property

(IV) Purchase of flat in a group housing society from an original member of the Society:

With the rapidly growing urbanization, there has been a surge in the number of flat buyers in India. The main documents to be verified while buying a flat from an original member of the apartment Society are –

* Share certificate issued by the society
* Lease deed of society
* Registration details of the society
* Bye-laws of the society
* No objection certificate from the society
* Approved building plan
* Title of builder
* Undertaking from society
* Allocation letter, Allotment letter and Possession letter
* Receipts of payments made to authority
* Permission to mortgage
* Authorization letter signed from seller
* Receipts of payments made by purchaser to seller
* Verification of signature of seller from his bank

(V) Purchase of flat in a group housing society from a power of attorney (POA) holder:

Apart from the ones required while buying a flat from an original member of the Society, the main documents needed here are –

# General power of attorney
# Special power of attorney
# Will Agreement to sell the property

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