NEW DELHI: To identify rented properties in residential colonies which are not paying property tax, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has sought help from Delhi Police. The corporation has written to SHOs of various areas to share the data pertaining to rented properties in residential colonies under its jurisdiction.
Most landlords get a police verification of the tenant done before renting out their property. The local police stations maintain a database which has details of the rented property and the tenant. The civic agency plans to compare this data with their records to identify residential properties which are not paying property tax for rented portions.
According to B N Singh, assessor and collector, South Corporation, "We have sought help from Delhi Police in identifying properties which have been given on rent but are not paying property tax. We have written to all SHOs in our area to share the data of rented properties in residential colonies. We will compare Delhi Police's data with our records to identity the defaulters. If a property owner has given his/her property on rent, then they have to pay double tax for the rented portion. We will issue notices to all the defaulters."
As per the provisions in the DMC Act, property owners have to disclose whether they have rented the property or not. Officials say that not many people have disclosed this information while filing property tax.
"At present, it is difficult for us to identify properties which have been given on rent. But if we get the data of rented properties, we can quickly compile the list of defaulters and take necessary action. At present, we are losing out on revenue,'' said a senior official.
With 5.44 lakh properties registered with it, corporation officials say a large number of them are in residential areas. "In any residential colony, a majority of the properties are given on rent. At present, our revenue collection is about Rs 323 crore which is likely to increase substantially if we can identify properties which are on rent but not paying taxes,'' said an official.