Effect of Stamp Duty Rates Reduced in Maharashtra for Home Buyers

Effect of Stamp Duty Rates Reduced in Maharashtra for Home Buyers

Effect of Stamp Duty Rates Reduced in Maharashtra for Home Buyers

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Stamp Duty Reduced in Maharashtra!


To boost the stagnant real estate market hit by COVID-19, the Maharashtra government on August 26 decided to temporarily reduce stamp duty on housing units from 5 percent to 2 percent until December 31, 2020, sources said.


Stamp duty from Jan 1, 2021, until March 31, 2021, will be 3 percent, they said. The decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting on August 26.


Real estate developers had been asking for a reduction in stamp duty following the lockdown to encourage homebuyers to purchase properties during the pandemic.


In Maharashtra, stamp duty charges are 5 percent in key cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik and 6 percent in others. A 2-3 percent reduction in rates will result in significant savings for home buyers.


The Maharashtra government on March 6 had announced that it is reducing stamp duty on properties by 1% for Mumbai, MMRDA Region and Pune for a period of two years.


The government of Maharashtra has reduced the stamp duty on property registrations to 2% for transactions between September 1 and December 31 from current 5%. The stamp duty will be 3% for agreements to be registered between January 1 and March end.


The move, apart from supporting the state exchequer, is expected to support the revival of sluggish real estate market in the state including Mumbai, the country’s most expensive property market.


Realty developers expect the reduction in stamp duty charges coupled with the festive offers and other incentives to push sales activity.


Following the announcement of lockdown in March, the Maharashtra government had decided to keep ready reckoner rates unchanged for the current financial year in the backdrop of the pandemic.


When asked about any probable losses the state may incur due to the reduction in stamp duty, a government official said that these would be notional.


Property registration activity in Mumbai had picked up in July bouncing back from the activity witnessed in April-June quarter. While collections from real estate activities were seen improving, it still remained below the pre-Covid19 level.


Experts are of view that the timing could not have been better as the home loan rates are also lowest that could boost the conversion of demand into sales.


Stamp duty rates in other major states largely hover anywhere between 5-8 percent, but they are lower in some states if property registration is executed in the name of a woman. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana offer relaxation in stamp duty for women buyers. The exemption on stamp duty ranges from 1-2 percent in different states.


Why is the home-buying stamp duty reduced?


Owing to the current pandemic, the government and residential real estate developers are making efforts to make home-buying attractive. The government wants to influence the buying decision of potential first time home buyers by reducing the cost of owning a home.


Stamp duty is one of the bigger expenses in the home buying process. Now that it has been reduced, albeit temporarily, it will mean significant savings for prospective home buyers. E.g., before this reduction, in Mumbai, it was 5% of the property value. Therefore, on a property worth ₹1 crore, a buyer had to pay a stamp duty of ₹ 5 lakhs. So how much has it been revised to now?


Understanding the reduction in stamp duty


Before this reduction, Mumbai paid a 5% stamp duty on residential property purchases. The other and other key cities like Palghar and Boisar places in the state paid 6%.


This reduction will be rolled out in a phased manner all over the state. Between 1st September 2020 and 31st December 2020, it has been reduced by 3%. That means in Mumbai, the effective stamp duty is now down to 2%, while in other places, it is 3% of the property value.


From 1st January 2021 to 31st March 2021, the stamp duty on home-buying will be reduced by 2% of the previous rates. Thus, in Mumbai, the effective stamp duty will then be 3%, whereas, in other places, it will be 4%. Let us put these changes into perspective with the example we have seen previously.


Let us consider the same property worth ₹1 crore in Mumbai for an easier understanding.


Property worth ₹1 crore in Mumbai Before 1st September 2020 From 1st September to 31st December 2020 From 1st January to 31st March 2021
Stamp Duty % 5% 2% 3%
Amount Paid ₹5 lakhs ₹2 lakhs ₹3 lakhs
Savings After Reduction ₹3 lakhs ₹2 lakhs


If you look at the table above, you will see that a new home buyer will enjoy substantial savings on stamp duty after the reduction. When you combine this with the tax benefits on your home loan, the savings become even more substantial. So if you’re looking to buy a new home, this is the time to do it.


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