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Your property-related legal queries answered by S.C. RAGHURAM, Partner, RANK Associates, a Chennai-based law firm

I am a retired professional living in a large apartment complex. Since I am finding it difficult to pay a large sum towards maintenance fee, I am planning to shift into an individual house soon. In this case, the current apartment unit will remain unoccupied.

Do I still have to pay the maintenance fee? Or can the amount be reduced?

Srinivasan K

Chennai

You can ascertain from the office bearers of your Association about the policy adopted by them (as per the bye-laws) with regard to unoccupied apartments.

If no concession has been provided, you can make a request for the same to be placed before the general body in their next AGM.

Any decision taken by the general body will be applicable not only to you, but others facing a similar issue in the complex.

I owned a house wherein the site measured 3,600 sq.ft. In 2015, I entered into a joint venture with a contractor and the structure was demolished in 2016 after receiving necessary permissions.

Owing to certain unforeseen circumstances, the builder could not proceed after laying the foundation. Another reputed contractor took up the job and the flats are nearing completion (construction commenced in March 2018).

I had paid property tax until 2015. Corporation authorities are now demanding property tax for the period between 2016 and 2018 (when the site only had the foundation).

Is it necessary for us to pay up property tax for the mentioned period?

Lakshmanan E

Chennai

Normally, payment of property tax will not arise for the period when the land is vacant.

You have to file an application with the Assessor, Corporation of Chennai, along with the demolition plan for effecting necessary corrections in property tax assessment.

After the field verification (if required), the proposal will be submitted to the Zonal Assistant Revenue Officer and on his approval, necessary corrections will be made in the assessment.

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