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Kerala Encumbrance Certificate

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Kerala Encumbrance Certificate

The encumbrance certificate is an important document that assures that a property is free from any monetary and legal liabilities. The encumbrance certificate is evidence that a property can be sold with a clean title, and the ownership will be transferred without any litigations. Encumbrance certificate usually contains all the financial and legal transactions for a specified time period that has been made concerning a property. The Registration Department in Kerala issues the encumbrance certificate. In this article, we look at the procedure for obtaining EC in Kerala.

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Importance of Encumbrance Certificate

Some of the situations when an encumbrance certificate is necessary is below for reference:

  • Encumbrance certificate must be submitted to get a property loan from banks and financial institutions to ensure the property is not already mortgaged
  • EC (document of evidence of ownership title) will be required for property transfers
  • In case the land tax is not paid for more than 3 years, EC has to be submitted with Village or Panchayat Officer for updating the land tax
  • To withdraw PF for property purchase and house construction, encumbrance certificate should be submitted

Details in Encumbrance Certificate

The following details relating to the Property will be provided in the encumbrance certificate:

  • Encumbrance Certificate will contain the name of the owner
  • Details regarding the property will be in EC
  • EC will give a complete property description as recorded in the sale deeds
  • EC will provide transactions related done on the property. The transactions will be in chronological order
  • If a property is bought by loan, then EC will contain details about a mortgage
  • For gift deeds, details on gift settlement will be mentioned
  • Release deed details will be available in case of one of the partner released his share from the mutually purchased property.

Fee for Encumbrance Certificate

The fee structure for obtaining the encumbrance certificate is below for reference:





Application fee for certified copy and Encumbrance Certificate

Rs. 10


A general search for the first 5 years

Rs. 100


A general search for 6 to 30 years

Rs. 250


A general search for years exceeding

30 years

Rs. 25 for each year

exceeding 30 years in addition

to Rs. 250

A separate fee has to be remitted for each owner in case of share on a property.

Apply for Encumbrance Certificate Online

EC can be obtained online through the website of the Kerala Registration department. There is no need to visit Sub Registrar’s Office with an application form. Here is a step by step guide to apply online for Kerala encumbrance certificate.

Step 1: Go to the Registration Department of Kerala home page.

Step 2: From the application menu, select the encumbrance certificate and then click on submit Application for EC.

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Step 3: Update District and SRO details where the property is located and click on save.

Step 4: Sub Register office details need to be provided. The applicant can save the details by clicking on save and next button.

Step 5: Enter the applicant details.

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Step 6: It is mandatory to provide property related details such as Taluk, Village and area of measurement.

Step 7: The applicant needs to enter details of the boundary of the property.

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Step 8: Once the applicant has entered the period for which the EC is needed, click on calculate the fee.

Step 9: After entering the details as mentioned above, fee details will be displayed.

Step 10: Click on the declaration and submit the application.

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Step 11: A pop-up window will appear. Click on view acknowledgement.

Step 12: After the submission of the application the applicant can take print of acknowledgement.  Note the Transaction ID for future reference

Check Status and Download Encumbrance Certificate

Once Application for EC is submitted online, and prescribed fees are paid, concern SRO will process the encumbrance certificate and issue the same. The applicant can check EC status online and download the certificate.

Step 1: Select the EC status option from Encumbrance certificate menu under the certificate in the Registration Department of Kerala home page.

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Step 2: Enter the transaction ID and captcha.

Step 3: Click on check status. The applicant can view the status of EC on the new screen.

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Step 4:  By clicking on download option, the applicant can get an encumbrance certificateEncumbrance Certificate in PDF format.

Note: Verify whether the EC is digitally signed and stamped with the official seal. The survey number and other details regarding the Property also need to be checked.