Property Registration FAQs

Property Registration FAQs2018-01-25T07:04:50+05:00
1. What will be the process of property transfer in new system?2018-01-25T06:54:15+05:00

A flowchart, below here, provides a detailed overview of the steps involved in the process:

2. Is it compulsory to hire a deed writer / lawyer to draft a sale purchase agreement?2018-01-25T06:55:28+05:00

No, it is not compulsory to hire a deed writer or lawyer. Parties can themselves visit the Sub-Registrar offices for the registration of property document. However, it is a common practice in Lahore to hire a lawyer or Stamp Vendor to draft the sale purchase agreement. However all the related templates have been uploaded at website.

3. Is there any mechanism for filling complaints?2018-01-25T07:00:08+05:00

Yes, there is a separate mechanism for filling complaints to make it more transparent. Now, customer can file a complaint through telephone or email or through social medium.

4. Who can consult maps and land records?2018-01-25T07:00:36+05:00

Anyone who pays official fees can consult maps and land records or it can be accessed online on PLRA website for free.

5. How much time will be required to transfer a property?2018-01-25T07:01:02+05:00

Time required for all procedure to transfer a property is 18 days. Breakdown is shown below;

  • Get a Fard 1 day
  • Hire a lawyer/deed Writer 1 day
  • Pay taxes/duties 1 days
  • Sub registrar office 15 day
6. Can a mutation be decided without witnesses?2018-01-25T07:01:33+05:00

All the mutation attested on the basis of registered deeds does not require parties / witnesses to be present at ARC. All such mutation are being attested automatically.

7. Is every privately held land plot in Lahore mapped?2018-01-25T07:02:26+05:00

Yes, all privately held land plot in Lahore are mapped and fully digitized by Punjab Land Records Authority (PLRA). These records can be accessed online free of cost.

8. Does law require that all property transaction be registered at the land registry to make them opposable to third parties?2018-01-25T07:03:02+05:00

Yes, Under the Land Acquisition act, Registration Act 1908 and Transfer of Property Act 1882, all property sale transaction are opposable to third party.

9. Has there been any administrative or legal change since June 1, 2016 affecting the process for transferring a property or the land administration system?2018-01-25T07:03:35+05:00

Yes, The Government of the Punjab through some amendment in Stamp Act has launched the E-Stamp papers project. Now, the e-stamp papers are being issued from the Bank of Punjab only. Applicants have to visit the website for the calculation of all dues & printing of challans. After, the challan printed, the applicant visit any of the branch of the Bank of Punjab for the payment and receipt of E-Stamp Papers. An online verification module to verify the genuineness of stamp papers has also been developed and deployed at Sub-Registrar offices. Sub-registrar offices have also been linked with the Revenue offices / Arazi Record Centers for the online transmission of the approved deeds and instant revenue record updation. Now, there is no need to visit the revenue offices for the record updation.

10. What is cost and time of of obtaining the Fard?2018-01-25T07:04:10+05:00

It cost only 50-150 PKR’s only. It took only 30mins to obtain the fard from the Arazi Record Centers across Punjab. Now, the record has been digitized and cleansed. Same has also been made available at website thus making it more transparent & error free.

11. Is advertisement of a transaction in newspapers and inviting objectives compulsory?2018-01-30T01:31:30+05:00

It is not required legally nor in practice. As of now all the revenue record has been published at website so buyer / seller verifies the record digitally or can visit the Arazi Record Centers for verification of record.

12. What is the Cost & Time to hire deed writer or the lawyer to draft the sale purchase agreement?2018-01-30T01:32:11+05:00

Now it takes only 1 day to hire the deed writer & complete the writing of registry, as templates have been published at PLRA website and required documents are placed on website.

13. What is the procedure of payment of the stamp duty, capital value tax, and town tax and registration fee?2018-01-30T01:32:46+05:00

The payment procedures for the all the duties has also been simplified. Payment is now being made at branches of Bank of Punjab only and the receipt is being issued by the Bank of Punjab. Moreover, only the Bank of Punjab is issuing the e-stamp papers. Now, there is no need to visit the Government treasury for the collection of stamp paper and for the verification of fee.

See Charges at Registration of Deed(ROD)

14. Is it Compulsory to get a Receipt of the payment is submitted to the Stamp Office?2018-01-30T01:34:22+05:00

No, it is not compulsory to get a receipt of payment from the Stamp office. Bank of Punjab collects the fee which is being calculated through online challan generation and challan for bank is also being printed online. Bank of Punjab is issuing the stamp papers. Sub-registrar office has a direct link with the Bank to verify the stamp papers / fee deposited

15. What is the minimum duration of execution and registration of a deed before the registration authority?2018-01-30T01:35:08+05:00

The process at the Sub-Registrar has been simplified and improved to a great extent. Now, the computer section has been developed at the Sub-Registrar offices and each sale deed given a unique number against a token issued. All the pictures and thumb impressions are being captured digitally. The verification of Fard (ownership document) has also been made online from the sub-registrar office as all LRMIS Centers have been linked with the Sub-Registrar Offices. So, the time taken for the execution & registration of a document has been reduced to 15 days.

16. What’s the duration of mutation?2018-01-30T01:36:50+05:00

Now the transfer of registered deeds to LRMIS Centers has also been automated. Now, as soon as the registered deed signed by the Sub-Registrar, it transferred automatically to the inbox of the Assistant Director Land Records (responsible for attestation of mutation) after the scanning of all approved deeds. The process of mutation takes place automatically and updation of revenue record made on the website as well. This process has been made as a compulsory part of the execution & registration of deed

17. What is the time required for all the procedures to transfer property until it all becomes opposable to third parties in Lahore?2018-01-30T01:38:05+05:00

The fastest time in practice to transfer a property between two limited liability companies is 5 days and the slowest time in practice to transfer a property between two limited liability companies is 18 days.

18. What is the name of the institution in charge of immovable property registration in Lahore?2018-01-30T01:39:30+05:00

Punjab Land Records Authority is institution in charge of immovable property registration in Lahore under the Administrative control of Board of Revenue, Punjab.

19. Is the majority of title/deed records in Lahore held in paper format or in a computerized format?2018-01-30T01:40:19+05:00

The majority of title/deed records in Lahore held are in fully digital format. All those record can be searched from the website property registration Registration of Deed(ROD).

20. What is the name of the instruction in charge of the plans showing legal boundaries in Lahore?2018-01-30T01:40:39+05:00

Punjab Land Records Authority is institution in charge of plans showing legal boundaries in Lahore.

21. Is the majority of plans in Lahore held in a paper format or in a computerized format? If they are computerized , are they scanned documents or fully digitals documents?2018-01-30T01:41:02+05:00

Majority of plans in Lahore are held in fully digital format. All those maps can be searched from the website Registration of Deed (ROD)

22. Is the information recorded by the immovable property registration agency and the mapping agency kept in a single database, different but linked databases, or separate databases?2018-01-30T01:41:25+05:00

Yes, Punjab Land Records Authority is maintaining both immovable property registration record and the mapping record in different but linked databases

23. Do the immovable property registration agency and cadastral/mapping agency use the same identification number for the property?2018-01-30T01:42:28+05:00

The immovable property registration agency and cadastral/mapping agency use the same identification number for properties and that’s Khasra number.

24. Who is able to obtain information on land ownership at the agency in charge of immovable property registration in Lahore?2018-01-30T01:54:37+05:00

Freely accessible by anyone information on land ownership at the agency in charge of immovable property registration in Lahore.

25. Is the list of documents that are required to complete any type of property transaction made publicly available?2018-01-30T01:54:55+05:00

Yes, the list of documents that are required to complete any type of property transaction made publicly available online. Can be accessed from Registration of Deed(ROD)

26. Is the applicable fee schedule for any property transaction at the agency in charge of immovable property registration in Lahore made publicly available?2018-01-30T01:55:13+05:00

Yes, Online. Can be accessed from Registration of Deed

27. Does the agency in charge of immovable property registration agency commit to deliver a legally binding document that proves property ownership within a specific deadline?2018-01-30T01:57:18+05:00
28. Is there a specific and independent mechanism for filing complaints about a problem that occurred at the agency in charge of immovable property registration through a telephone hotline, a mailing address, email or other means?2018-01-30T01:57:29+05:00
29. Are there official statistics tracking the number of transactions at the immovable property registration agency?2018-01-30T01:57:45+05:00
30. Who is able to consult plans in Lahore?2018-01-30T01:58:34+05:00

Anyone who pays the official fee can consult the plans in Lahore.

31. Is the applicable fee schedule to get access to plan made publicly available?2018-01-30T01:58:48+05:00

Yes, online, through legislation and fee schedule also placed at offices of Sub-registrar and Arazi Record Centers.

32. Is every privately held land plot in Lahore formally registered at the immovable property registry?2018-01-30T01:59:05+05:00

Yes, every privately held land plot in Lahore formally registered at the Punjab Land Records Authority through Sub-registrar offices & Arazi Record Centers

33. Is every privately held land plot in the economy (Pakistan) formally registered at the immovable property registry?2018-01-30T01:59:23+05:00

Yes, every privately held land plot in the economy (Pakistan) formally registered at the immovable property registry, maintained at Sub Registrar offices.

34. Is every privately held land plot in Lahore mapped?2018-01-30T02:00:16+05:00

Yes, all privately held land plots are mapped.

35. Does the law require that all property sale transactions be registered at the land registry to make them opposable to third parties?2018-01-30T02:00:31+05:00

Yes, as per Land Acquisition Act, Registration Act 1908 and Transfer of Property Act 1882, all property sale transactions be registered at Punjab Land Records Authority through Sub-Registrar offices & Arazi Record Centers.

36. Is case of a standard land dispute between two local businesses over tenure rights of a property worth PKR 7,675,940 located in Lahore, what is the court in charge of the case in first instance?2018-01-30T02:00:43+05:00

District Courts.

37. How long does it take on average to obtain a decision from the first instance court for such a case (without appeal)?2018-01-30T02:00:53+05:00

Between 1 and 2 years due to digitized case filing system.

38. What is the number of land disputes in 2016 and/or the land dispute rate(i.e the percentage of land disputes out of the total number of dispute in first instance)?2018-01-30T02:01:38+05:00

17601 Due to digitally recording mechanism

39. what is the source of these statistics ?2018-01-30T02:01:54+05:00

LRMIS Database, All the court orders are being digitally incorporated in the LRMIS database.