What is a Khata?
The word Khata refers to two specific documents issued by the BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike) to a property owner – the Khata Certificate and the Khata Extract. The term literally means an “Account”.
What purpose does a Khata serve?
From the viewpoint of property owners in Bangalore, the most important purpose of the Khata documents is that they contain an assessment of how much property taxes the owner must pay the BBMP.
From the viewpoint of the BBMP, the purpose is to contain a record of how much property taxes may be received for a property and also to identify who is primarily responsible for paying the property taxes that are owed on the property.
What is a Khata Certificate?
The Khata Certificate is a document that identifies who the owner of a particular property is. In other words, it “certifies” that a particular property belongs to particular person.
What is a Khata Extract?
The most important aspect of the Khata Extract is that it contains the amount of property taxes that must be paid on the property. In addition to that information it also contains various details about the property such as:
- Size of the property
- Location of the property
- Built-up Area of the property
When is a Khata Certificate and Khata Extract required?
These documents are compulsory in two situations – the first is when the property owner wishes to register the property and the second is when the owner wishes to sell the property.
What are some other situations when the Khata Certificate and Khata Extract is required?
Some other situations where property owners require these documents are when they:
- Apply for an Electricity Connection to BESCOM
- Apply for a Water Connection to BWSSB
- Apply for a loan from a bank and use the property as collateral for the loan
- Apply for a license of any sort from the government