A Stress Free Guide on How to Rent An Apartment in Mumbai? – Part 3 of 3

7. Legal Agreement

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Next step is signing the agreement. There are several drafts available with brokers and landlord that have been used over and over again. It is mostly standard procedures that are mentioned. Your broker should be well versed with the details. However, it is always good to go through them yourself for due diligence. In case you do not understand something then it’s always good to clear it out before hand. The last thing you want is to commit on is something that you do not understand.

One thing that is normally done is clearing the total deposit amount before the signing of the agreement. This is because the cheques that are issued need to be mentioned in the agreement and the receipt of the cheques is acknowledged by the property owner. There is always some back and forth that happens in the agreement, where clauses are deleted, added or modified. This is standard procedure. Once the agreement is cleared by both the landlord and the renter, it is signed and is now a binding contract.

Some of the important things to check in the lease agreement are –

  1. Price
  2. Deposit
  3. Lease Tenure
  4. Lock – In Period (refer to the glossary of terms)
  5. Notice Period (refer to the glossary of terms)
  6. Annual Escalation
  7. Property Maintenance (has to be borne by the landlord)
  8. Utilities (has to be borne by the lessee)

8. Registering the Lease Agreement with Police Verification

Registration of the agreement is a type of government notary. The process basically notifies the government that two separate parties have entered into an agreement. It is now a part of the government  registry. There are fees involved in the agreement registration which is borne equally by the landlord and the renter. The process basically involves taking digital pictures, signatures and thumb impressions of the lessor and the lessee at a local government office. The process normally does not take more than 15 minutes. However, if the systems are down, then it will take FOREVER.

Once the process is finished the government office keeps the agreement with them for scanning and entering in their system. You will get a copy of the agreement once the scanning process is done, which normally takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. Simultaneously, while the document is being registered, the broker should get the police verification done. Police verification is a single page with photographs submitted to the local police station informing them the location that has been leased out, landlord and renters information and contact numbers along with the brokers information. In case of foreign passport holders, they might ask to come to the police station to ensure the details. The Police are strict in this matter since it’s their reputation and safety of the foreign national that is at stake.

9. Moving in

The agreement is done, the registration is finished and you have also been verified by the Police. The next step is moving in. For foreign nationals, you are now free to get your boxes out of storage or if it’s been cleared by customs then to get it delivered. The moving process has to be done during the day time. It is necessary to clear the moving hours with the co-op. You also have to ensure that you can use the elevator. It shouldn’t cause a lot of nuisance to the residents.

10. Setting up the Apartment

Set up the apartment as you like it. Put your furniture and clothes willy-nilly. Don’t forget to get a natural gas connection. There are gas cylinders delivered to you twice a month in case the building complex does not have a gas pipeline. There are fees and security deposit involved in getting them. Additionally, your lease agreement is needed to ensure that this is your residence. You will need to get a local cell phone to connect to people. It is cheaper to have a cell phone than a land line. You should be all set then. And if there is something that you need assistant with, you should always be able to call up and rely on your broker.

Hopefully this will prepare you for the pain that you hopefully might not experience in getting an apartment. If you do experience it then at least you will be prepared to take your precautionary pill for reducing stress in your apartment search. Happy Hunting!

5 Responses
  • gagan saxena
    Oct 7, 2014

    Sir, I really very impressed after reading the style of doing this business me too in same business from Delhi. Need your advice/suggestion I’m this business thnx n regards
    Gagan saxena

    gagan saxena Oct 7, 2014
  • Nirav
    Jun 15, 2015

    Very useful blog…thanks

    Nirav Jun 15, 2015
  • David
    Feb 16, 2016

    I am an American but moving there to be with my fiancé who is taking care of her grandfather! How hard will it be to get an apartment in Mumbai if I have poor credit but am willing to pay up to 5 months rent plus security deposit up front?

    David Feb 16, 2016
    • Mar 1, 2016

      Hey David,

      American credit history is not required in Mumbai. Paying rent up front does give a slight advantage. Please feel free to call us if you are looking for apartments.

      RK Mumbai Realtors Mar 1, 2016
  • Chirag Desai
    Aug 5, 2017

    Firstly Thank You Sir for writing this blog…
    I have come across many individuals who face a tough time getting desired rent for their properties from family, so they decide on leasing it to students so that they can get desired rental as well as for students its a better option as rental gets divided within accommodating students.


    such individual flat owners face huge criticism, isolation from cooperative society members… also they are termed as criminals n looked down upon for leasing flat to students for mere some extra money…. keeping society integrity n safety at stake….

    I request you to please write a blog to safeguard such flat owners by stating the procedure that they should follow to lease the flat to students….
    also please put some light on this topic…
    – Is it illegal to lease out flat to students for residential purpose in cooperative societies?
    – Is it mandatory for flat owners to take NOC from cooperative societies for such a setup?
    – Can the society bar/restrict any such member wishing to lease out his flat to students?

    Please guide me through a reply or writing a blog benefiting the society as a whole…

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Chirag Desai Aug 5, 2017

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