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Whether a non-resident can inherit immovable property in India?

Whether a non-resident can inherit immovable property in India?

Yes, a person resident outside India i.e. i) an NRI ii) a PIO and iii) a foreign national of non-lndian origin can inherit and hold immovable property in India from a person who was resident in India. However, a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan should seek specific approval of Reserve Bank.

Immovable property is an immovable object, an item of property that cannot be moved without destroying or altering it – property that is fixed to the earth, such as land or a house. In the United States it is also commercially and legally known as real estate and in Britain as property.

A person resident outside India who is a citizen of India (NRI) can acquire by way of purchase, any immovable property in India other than agricultural land/plantation property/farm house. He can transfer any immovable property other than agricultural or plantation property or farm house to-

a) A person resident outside India who is a citizen of India or

b) A person of Indian origin resident outside India or c) A person resident in India.


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