Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to revise its property misuse policy to encourage people to get their property converted from leasehold to freehold. The land owning agency has decided to regularize misuse charges on a slab-based system.
The duration for computing charges will be counted from the date of detection of misuse by the land owning agency.
Officials said the decision was taken as not many people had not come forward to get their property converted from leasehold to freehold since the launch of the scheme in 1992. "In some cases, misuse charges were turning up to be more than the cost of the property," said Balvinder Kumar, vice-chairman, DDA.
Officials admit there are several properties where people have violated the use of property clause, like running commercial establishments in residential units. "If they want to convert their property to freehold, they will have to pay misuse charges and also discontinue commercial activity," said a senior official.
However, in cases where allotment has been cancelled on breaching terms and conditions, the lease deed has to restored before the owner can apply for rebate in misuse charge and conversion of property. "If the property was rented out and the tenant misused it without consent of the owner and the latter has filed a case against it, the owner will be liable to pay only 25% misuse charges from the date of eviction proceedings against the tenant," said an official.
However, if industrial and commercial properties have been used for residential purpose, the owner will get a rebate of 75% on misuse charges.