Buying Property in Pakistan, Transfer of Property in Pakistan

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This article aims to provide an authoritative overview of the processes and steps involved in transferring property rights, specifically in rural and urban areas. By understanding these procedures, individuals can navigate the complexities of property transfers and ensure the proper documentation and registration of their transactions.

We have also dealt with key questions on Buying Property in Pakistan on our blog.

Property Rights Transfer in Rural Areas:

In rural areas, the Land Revenue Act, 1967, serves as the primary law regulating the transfer of immovable property. The main steps involved in transferring property rights in rural areas are as follows:

Reporting the Intention: The property owner or their legal guardian informs the Patwari (land record officer) about their intention to transfer property rights, such as through sale, mortgage, gift, or otherwise. In case of the owner’s demise, the report must be made within three months.

Recording the Intention: The Patwari enters and records the transfer intention in their daily register and provides a copy to the reporting individual. The Patwari then informs the concerned union council for public display and proceeds to update the mutations register at the Tehsildar office.

Verification and Acceptance: A revenue officer at the Tehsildar office verifies the transfer, examining its compliance with legal requirements. The Tehsildar has the authority to reject transfers, except those related to inheritance, registered deeds, or court decrees.


Documentation and Identification: The revenue officer notes the precise description of the transferred rights, obtains the signature of the party relinquishing the rights, and ensures proper identification with the help of village headmen or members of the union council.

Verification through Assembly: Ideally, proposed transfers undergo verification through an open assembly of landlords in the area before the mutations register is updated.

Optional Registration: Although separate registration of property transfer is not mandatory in rural areas, it may be advisable or required under the Registration Act, 1908, in certain cases.

Property Rights Transfer in Urban Areas of Pakistan/

In urban areas, the transfer of property rights follows a different process, primarily regulated by the Land Revenue Act, 1967, Transfer of Property Act, 1882, and Registration Act, 1908. The most common mode of transfer is through sale/purchase, and the following steps outline the process:

Obtaining Proof of Ownership: Obtain the ‘Fard’ (record of ownership) from the relevant office within the revenue department if not already in possession.

Drafting the Sale Deed: Prepare the sale deed or contract on the appropriate stamp paper. It is advisable to engage experienced deed writers or lawyers for this purpose.

Payment of Fees: Fulfill the payment requirements, including stamp duty fees, capital gains tax, and other related fees.

Registration with Sub-Registrar: Register the sale deed with the relevant sub-registrar’s office where the property is located. This registration is necessary for official property records and tax purposes.

Mutation in Revenue Records: Following registration, the mutation is updated in the revenue records at the sub-registrar’s office.

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Property Transfers in Private Housing Societies, Cooperatives, and Cantonments in Pakistan

For land transfers within private housing societies, cooperatives, and cantonments, the processes may differ. These entities often own the land officially, and the transfer of ownership involves allotment letters rather than following the standard procedures. Sale deeds are drafted and signed on stamp papers, but the transaction can be completed in coordination with the relevant housing authority’s office, without involving the sub-registrar’s office or the provincial revenue system.

Property Taxes in Punjab (updated as of 2023)

Property tax is subject to variations depending on various factors such as the taxpayer’s filing status, the property’s location in an urban or rural area, the nature of the building’s ownership transfer (internal transfer or registry to owner), and the specific location of the apartments. Additionally, the type of land acquisition, whether leased or purchased and the prevailing local Deputy Commissioner (DC) rates play a crucial role.In general, purchasers are required to pay an advance tax of 2% of the property value if they are tax filers, while non-filers are liable to pay 5% as advance tax.

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