Stamp Duty in Maharashtra


The Bombay Stamp Act applies to the entire State of Maharashtra. Only the instruments specified in the Schedule I to the Act are covered by this Act. All other instruments are either chargeable under the Indian Stamp Act (e.g., transfer of shares) or are not chargeable at all (i.e., if they are not specified under the Act as well as under the Indian Stamp Act).


2.1 It is very important to note that stamp duty is on an instrument and not on a transaction.

2.2 S. 3 of the Act levies stamp duty at the rate provided in Schedule I on any instrument executed in the State. Even instruments executed outside the state are liable to duty only on their receipt in the state, provided it relates to a property situated in the state or a matter or thing to be done in the state.

2.3 An instrument covering or relating to several distinct matters is chargeable with the aggregate amount of duty with which each separate instrument would have been chargeable.

2.4 In case an instrument is so drafted that it is covered within the ambit of more than one Article under Schedule I, then it shall be taxed by that Article which levies the highest amount of stamp duty.

2.5 The term “Instrument” has been defined to include every document by which any right or liability is or purports to be created, transferred, limited, extended, extinguished or recorded.

However, it does not include a bill of exchange, cheque, promissory note, bill of lading, letter of credit, policy of insurance, transfer of share, debenture, proxy and receipt.”

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Redevelopment rules, Mumbai

An increase in Floor Space Index (FSI) and the ratio of permissible built up are to plot area and the ever increasing property prices are making developers approach residents asking for permission to demolish their old structure and put up a new building with more apartments for a big house and more money

There are some facts you definitely need to check before you put your society for Redevelopment with a developer

 Documents Required by the society : 

– Conveyance deed
– Society Registration Certificate
– General Body Resolution to go for redevelopment
– List of member with their respective carpet areas
– C.T.S. plan & property card for the plot.
– D.P. remarks, If the property is under TPS scheme then T.P. remarks
– Copy of municipal approval plans

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Common Co-operative Society Problems

Click Here for list of common co-operative society problems and solutions including :

  • How to register your society in Mumbai
  • Contact Details of State Co-operative departments in Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Co-operative Society Act, 1960 and Rules
  • FAQs
  • Transfers
  • etc. etc.

by J.B.Patel (Jeby)

Housing Society Activist!



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Radiation Hazards from Cell Phones / Cell Towers

This is an important document. Please go through it carefully. The money offered by the Mobile Operators for putting up cell towers on tall buildings is very attractive and many a society fall for it. Members also feel they are gaining as their monthly society charges considerably come down. But once you read this , I am sure you will reject any such proposal for putting up cell tower in your building. Also educate neighboring buildings so that they also discourage such proposals.

Please circulate to your friends and relatives to create general awareness. If your children are going to high school or college tell them to make a presentation on this issue in their respective schools/colleges.

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Radiation Hazards from Cell Phones/Cell Towers
Prof. Girish Kumar
Electrical Engineering Department
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai
(022) 2576 7436

To survey radiation levels from mobile towers near your house, you can email or call 2857 4300 or fax 28573535

Save Money on Medicines – Go Generic

Medicines are prescribed by brand name & not by the generics (Ingredients) . Hence we end up paying more money for the same medicine. 
Follow these few steps to know more & start saving on your medical bills. 
1. Log on to 
2. Click on ‘Drugs’
3. Click on ‘Brand’
4. Type the brand name which you are using (e. g. Metocard XL (50 mg). The site will also help you with drop down menu) & Click on ‘Search’
5. Click on ‘Generics’. It will display the ingredients of the tablet.
6. Click on ‘matched brands’
7. Don’t be surprised to see that same drug is available at very low cost also. And that to by other reputed manufacturer. 
e. g. Metocard XL 50 is for Rs. 62.00 & same drug by Cipla (Mepol) is 
 available ONLY @ Rs. 7.00