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Benefits of buying a home in the wife’s name written by AMIT SETHI, published in Housing.com. May 11, 2020

With several states in India offering benefits for women property buyers to boost their empowerment, we examine why it makes financial sense to register a property in a woman&rsquos name

 

There are several benefits to buying a property in a woman&rsquos name, either as the sole owner or as a joint owner, with governments and banks offering several sops.

 

&ldquoAspiring home buyers can seek certain benefits including tax exemptions if a home is bought in a woman&rsquos name. Such offers can also attract more women buyers to the realty sector,&rdquo points out Ashok Mohanani, CMD, Ekta World. Encouraging women to register assets in their name, also boosts women&rsquos empowerment, he adds.

 

Tax benefits of buying a home in the wife&rsquos name

 

Experts explain that some of the obvious tax benefits of buying a home in the wife&rsquos name, include an extra deduction of interest up to Rs 1.5 lakh every financial year, if the house is self-occupied. If a husband and wife are the joint owners of a property and if the wife has a separate source of income, then they can both claim tax deductions individually. The tax benefit will depend on the ownership share of each co-owner.

 

Discount on stamp duty charges for women

 

Several state governments in north India are now offering a partial waiver on stamp duty, for buyers registering properties in a woman&rsquos name &ndash either as a sole owner or as a joint owner.

 

&ldquoYou can save 1%-2% on stamp duty, if the property is in a lady&rsquos name. In Delhi, the stamp duty rate is 4% for women, compared to 6% for men. Moreover, if you are undergoing some financial setback and have some debts to repay, the property held in your wife&rsquos name, does not come under the cover for your loss,&rdquo points out Sushil Raheja, CEO of Raheja Homes Builders & Developers.

 

Delhi, UP, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, offer relaxations in stamp duty for women buyers. Punjab reduced the stamp duty charges from 9% to 6% in 2017, for a limited period. It maintained that from April 1, 2019, urban areas would again invoke a stamp duty charge of 9% and the same would be 6% in rural areas.

 

The stamp duty rate in Maharashtra, which was recently increased to 6% from the previous 5%, is uniform for both, men and women.

 

Stamp duty charges for Women Vs Men

 

State

For men

For women

Jharkhand

7%

Only Re 1

Delhi

6%

4%

Haryana

6% in rural

8% in urban

4% in rural

6% in urban

UP

7%

Rebate of Rs 10,000 on overall charges

Rajasthan

5%

4%

Punjab

6%

4%

Maharashtra

6%

6%

Tamil Nadu

7%

7%

West Bengal

5% in rural

6% in urban

(Plus 1% if property cost is >Rs 40 lakhs)

Same

Karnataka

5.6%

5.6%

Note: List is not exhaustive &ndash charges are indicative and subject to change.

 

Discount on home loan interest rates for women

 

Additionally, many banks such as SBI, HDFC, ICICI, etc., offer discounts on home loan interest rates to women as compared to men. This varies from bank to bank and goes up to nearly one per cent.

 

The prevailing interest rates for women borrowers are as mentioned below:

 

Home loan interest rate (floating) &ndash Women borrowers Vs Others

 

Bank

Interest rate for Women borrowers (per cent, per annum)

Interest rate for others (per cent, per annum)

SBI

8.7-9.25

8.75-9.35

ICICI Bank

9.1-9.3

9.1-9.3

HDFC Ltd

8.7- 9.3

8.75- 9.35

PNB

8.65-8.7

8.7-8.75

Note: Rate as on March 27, 2019 (For loan amount < Rs one crore)

 

Things to keep in mind when buying a home in the wife&rsquos name

 

Experts maintain that it is a good idea to buy a home in the name of one&rsquos wife or in co-ownership. However, the wife can enjoy the tax benefit, only if she has a separate and genuine source of income. Moreover, if there is any legal dispute on the property, then both, the husband and wife, will be involved in the case. Therefore, home buyers should evaluate all possibilities, before making a final decision.

 

 

FAQs

 

Can I buy property in my wife name?

Yes, you can buy property on your wife&rsquos name as there is a number of tax benefits and exemptions available for registering property in woman&rsquos name which includes stamp duty discounts etc.

 

Can I take home loan on my wife name?

Many banks such as SBI, HDFC, ICICI, etc., offer discounts on home loan interest rates to women as compared to men. This varies from bank to bank and goes up to nearly one per cent. The wife can enjoy the tax benefit, only if she has a separate and genuine source of income.

 

Can husband claim ownership of property bought in wife's name?

Yes, husband can claim ownership of property bought in wife&rsquos name provided the funds used for buying the property is from known sources and legal.