EC Online Tamil Nadu Overview

An encumbrance certificate, as the name suggests, is an official document that proves that undisputed ownership of land or property. It is an important document during real estate purchase or sale, as it lets you know of all parties with a stake in the property.

For instance, when purchasing a property, you can check its encumbrance certificate to know which entities are the legal owners of a property, if it has been mortgaged, and if there are any disputes in the property ownership claim.

In Tamil Nadu, the encumbrance certificate is also known as the Villangam certificate. The encumbrance certificate Tamil Nadu is issued by the sub-registrar of the property’s jurisdiction, and one can apply for it online through the TNREGINET website.

Document required for EC in Tamil Nadu

To apply for the Tamil Nadu EC online, you do not necessarily need to submit documents. You need to:

  1. Provide details of the property in the question, including the zone, district, sub-registrar, village, survey number, sub-division number, plot number, and other house details, such as flat number and built-up area, among others.
  2. Provide other details of the property, in case of changes to the property, its ownership and address.
  3. Here you can choose to provide registration documents.

Once you do, the portal displays documents related to the property in question, based on the details provided by you. You only need to confirm the details, post which you can proceed to apply online.

Steps to get encumbrance certificate online in Tamil Nadu

You will first need to register on the TNREGINET website to apply for the Tamil Nadu EC online.

Steps to register

  1. If you are not registered on the TNREGINET portal, you can sign up by clicking on the ‘User Registration’ button
  2. Select ‘Citizen’ from the dropdown in the User Classification field
  3. Proceed to enter your username, password, and security question
  4. Enter your personal details, including name, email address, Aadhaar Card number/ PAN card number, and date of birth, among others
  5. You will then need to enter property details, including state, district, PIN code, street, apartment number, and village/ city
  6. On submission of details, you will receive an OTP; enter the OTP to complete the signup
  7. You will receive an activation link on your registered email ID; click on the provided link to complete the verification

Steps to apply

  1. Click on ‘Online Services’ tab > Encumbrance Certificate > Search and Apply EC
  2. Enter your location, time, survey details, house details, and additional details
  3. Click on Search
  4. All documents pertaining to the property will appear; verify the details and click on ‘Apply Online’
  5. Enter your name and contact details
  6. Select a payment option to complete payment
  7. Enter your name, address, and sub-registrar office on the payment screen
  8. Once you complete the payment, save the transaction details for future reference

Steps to check Encumbrance Certificate on TNREGINET

You can also apply for the EC offline by following the below steps.

  1. Identify which sub-registrar office is applicable in your case, based on the location of the property (You can also do this on the TNREGINET website)
  2. Visit the office to submit a form, which will require you to fill your personal as well as property details
  3. You also need to attach an attested copy of your address proof
  4. When submitting the form, you will need to pay the related fee

On successful submission of the form, you will receive a reference number. You can use this number to track the status of your application. You should receive your EC within 15 to 30 days of application. You will receive status updates on your mobile number in the meantime.

Frequently asked questions

How to obtain a digitally signed Encumbrance Certificate in Tamil Nadu?

When you apply for a Tamil Nadu EC online, the EC that you receive after successful completion of the form is digitally signed by the sub-registrar.

How to update an encumbrance certificate in Tamil Nadu?

The EC is an official document and all changes on it are recorded. To make changes, you will need to apply for a rectification deed along with documented proof that evidences the error. That said, one should bear in mind that no major changes can be made on the EC – for instance, the transactions detailing ownership history. The documents submitted to the office of the sub-registrar are permanent.

How can I view EC online in Tamil Nadu?

To apply for the Tamil Nadu EC online, you will need to register on the TNREGINET website. Once you have signed up and logged in, visit the website and click on the ‘Online Services’ tab > Encumbrance Certificate > Online Application. All you need to do here is fill in your personal details and property related information and apply for an EC. You will need to pay the fee online to complete your application. Once done, the certificate is uploaded to your login instantly. You also receive an SMS to update you.

Once you apply online on the TNREGINET website, the EC is uploaded to your login. Click on the ‘E-services’ tab > Encumbrance Certificate > Request List to view your EC online in Tamil.

How can I track EC online in Tamil Nadu 2022?

When you apply for an EC Tamil Nadu online, you receive the document instantly. So, you can track the status of your EC only in the case of an offline application. You receive updates on your application through messages on your mobile number.

What are charges for EC online in Tamil Nadu?

Applicants have to pay Rs. 100 when they apply for the Tamil Nadu EC online. In the case of offline application, one has to only pay Rs. 1 for an EC for one year and another Rs. 15 for additional information.

Is there any time limit for getting the encumbrance certificate?

Officially, the turnaround time for completion an EC in Tamil Nadu is four days in the case of an offline application. However, it can take up to 15 to 30 days at times. When you apply online, you get the certificate instantly.

How to verify Encumbrance Certificate in Tamil Nadu?

An EC is an official document issued by a government authorized body. No further verification steps are necessary, and the document can be used as the official certificate – irrespective of whether you have received it online or offline.

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