Category: Real Estate Laws

India has several land related laws and this is the case with many countries and in India each law has a separate function in protecting rights to land. We have the Transfer of Property Act, which deals with both movable and immovable property, and the Indian Easements Act, both effective from 1882; the Registration Act, again which is old from 1908; the Slum Areas (Improvement and Clearance) Act which was passed in 1956, and the not so old Environment (Protection) Act 1986 and the Forest (Conservation) Act of 1980; and then the very recent Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013, and last year’s Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, which came into effect on 1st November 2016; and the Indian Stamp Act 1899 which is also old but has been amended several times by various States; and the Special Economic Zones Act of 2005. And of course there are other municipal and local laws.