Jun 15, 2023Investments

Government Schemes and Incentives for Homebuyers in India

by Godrej Properties Limited

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Introduction to Government Schemes and Incentives

The Indian government has implemented various schemes and incentives to promote homeownership and support homebuyers. These initiatives aim to make housing more affordable, encourage investment in real estate, and stimulate economic growth. In this blog, we will explore some of the vital government schemes for homebuyers and incentives available for homebuyers in India, helping you understand their benefits and opportunities.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)

PMAY is the Indian government's flagship scheme for affordable housing, aiming to provide homes for all by 2022. It offers benefits such as interest subsidies, affordable housing projects, and financial assistance for construction and improvement. In addition, PMAY has components for different income groups, ensuring inclusivity in the housing sector.

According to this law, people in society’s lower and intermediate income brackets might receive a tax break when purchasing a home. The tax subsidy rates vary depending on your income, which is capped at Rs. 18 lakhs.

Under Section 80 EE of the Income Tax Act of 1961, those who use home loans to purchase their first home are eligible for tax savings of up to Rs. 50,000. A homeowner paying interest on a mortgage can deduct that amount from their gross annual income.

Government Schemes and Incentives

Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Program

In India, PMAY has created rural housing programs as well. With the PMGAY welfare program, house loans up to Rs. 2 lakh are eligible for a 3% discount on interest rates. This advantage is available in rural regions for remodelling both new and existing homes. The eligibility requirements are the same as for PMAY (Urban), with the following extra information:

  • A household using this program shouldn't have a sturdy home.
  • The only members of the beneficiary's family should be their spouse and/or their unmarried children.
  • Benefits of this program are available to Scheduled Cast (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), BPL non-SC or ST individuals, and free bonded labourers.

Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana Housing Scheme

The Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana or Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) was launched by GOI in 2009 under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Property Alleviation (MHUPA). It aims to make India slum-free and bring illegal constructions under formal regulations to improve the standard of living. 

Delhi Development Authority Housing Scheme

On December 23, 2021, the Delhi Development Authority unveiled a new housing program. There are 18,335 units that can be reserved and purchased at a reduced price in areas including Dwarka, Jasola, Rohini, Siraspur, Jahangirpuri, and Narela. Lower Income Group (LIG), Higher Income Group (HIG), Middle Income Group (MIG), and Janta Flats are the four available classifications of apartments. By March 10, 2022, over 16,000 applications had been received. 

Tamil Nadu Housing Board Schemes

The Chennai City Improvement Trust, formerly known as the Tamil Nadu Housing Board Scheme, began operations in 1961. The program intends to offer inexpensive housing to the population that is growing as a result of migration to metropolitan regions in search of a higher quality of life and employment possibilities. The project has a number of sub-schemes, including the housing divisions for Thanjavur, Trichy, Besant Nagar, and others. 

NTR Housing Scheme

The Government of Andhra Pradesh introduced the NTR Housing Scheme in 2016 to provide affordable housing to the people in rural-urban areas of AP. This scheme organises low-interest housing loans for the poor, which facilitates affordable construction or reconstruction of houses through reputed financial institutions.

Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS)

CLSS, a part of PMAY, provides interest subsidies to homebuyers from economically weaker and low-income groups. The subsidy reduces interest payments, making homeownership more affordable and accessible. In addition, it offers significant financial support to eligible homebuyers.

Stamp Duty and Registration Fee Discounts

Many state governments provide discounts on stamp duty and registration fees to incentivise home buyers. These discounts significantly reduce property transaction costs. However, rates and conditions vary by state, so checking the prevailing discounts is advisable.

RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority) Protection

RERA is a regulatory body ensuring transparency and accountability in the real estate sector. It protects homebuyers' interests, enforces timelines, and promotes quality standards. Complaints can be filed through the RERA framework, enhancing consumer confidence.

The final word: Opportunities for Homebuyers in India

The government schemes and incentives discussed in this blog aim to empower homebuyers in India by providing financial support, reducing tax burdens, and ensuring transparency and accountability in the real estate sector. Whether it is the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), GST benefits, stamp duty discounts, or RERA protection, these initiatives offer opportunities for homebuyers to fulfil their homeownership dreams. First, however, prospective homebuyers must stay informed about these schemes and take advantage of their benefits.

 

Frequently asked questions

1. How can I check if a project is registered under RERA?

Ans. You can visit the official RERA website of your respective state and search for the project using the project name, developer name, or registration number. The website will provide information about the project's registration status and details.

2. Are the GST benefits applicable to all types of properties?

Ans. The GST benefits are primarily applicable to under-construction properties. However, certain ready-to-move-in properties may also come under the purview of GST, depending on the specific circumstances. Therefore, consulting with a tax professional or developer is advisable to understand the GST implications of the property you are considering purchasing.

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