The Definitive Guide to Lost Property Documents Have you lost your property documents? Wondering how to get lost property papers back hassle-free and fast? This is a complete, step-by-step guide to getting issued your lost property papers in 2024. Many property owners have come to us and asked "I lost my property documents." What should I do? Luckily for you, I have put my extensive experience in this post, as a Transfer Officer for over 10 years while saving your precious time and money. The best part is: It guides you all steps along the process. In this post, you explore: What is a property ownership document? Why do you need them? What are the consequences? (If someone misuses them) How to get duplicate copies (a Proven Step-by-Step Process)? Step No.1: Register an FIR (Local Police Station) Step No.2: Give Public Notice in the Newspaper Step No.3: Prepare an Affidavit Step No.4: Visit the Registrar/Society/Housing Project's Office Conclusion Time is currency. So let’s get started. What is a property ownership document? A property ownership document (aka title document) is a legal record. It shows the owner's name and rights associated with a particular piece of property. For example Registry, Fard e Milkiyat, allotment Letter, Transfer Letter, Original Sale Deed etc. A property ownership document refers to a formal document. That proves and confers ownership of your property. Why do you need them? Property ownership relies on legal ownership documents, not who currently occupies the property. It is required for various purposes, such as selling, transferring, gifting, mortgaging, or renting a property. Thus, losing them can lead to issues in future transactions or legal complications. See Also: Here are the ICONS HowTo guides like how to get CNIC from NADRA and how to get Family Registration Certificate, hassle-free and fast. Consequences (If misused) A common question many allottees ask is the misuse of misplaced or stolen documents. The answer is severe results might occur if put to the wrong use. For many purposes, it can be misused: To get bail in a court of law to release a person To sell out and resultantly get a Baayana or token money from a real estate agent or someone else. etc. Thus, it would help if you took care of your important papers. Otherwise, maybe misuse of these happen to you. How do you get a duplicate copy of lost property documents? I often receive the question "I lost my original land documents?" Sure. Before we discuss the “How” part, you need to know the “which” part, meaning which documents. So, a common question allottees ask most often is: Which documents do you need to submit for issuing new property documents? The answer to this question is: Here is the list of documents you need to submit along with the application for lost property docs. These are for the issuance of property documents anew or CTC (Certified True Copy) An FIR Issued by the Local Police Station Newspaper Advertisement Clippings (Leading Newspapers) in Pakistan. Affidavit (Notarized) With that, I come to the crux part of the problem, which is, how to get If you lose your property documents: Here's the step-by-step process to follow to get duplicate copies of lost property documents: Step No.1 – Register an FIR (Local Police Station) The step No.1 is to lodge an FIR with your local police station. For this purpose, to get duplicate copies (certified copies) of lost property papers: Prepare a Declaration (Bayan e Halfi) from the Allottee Go to the local police station. Register your FIR (First Investigation Report) has the owner's name, and lost document details. Here's what you must be aware of you need to verify the declaration by the Sub-Registrar Office/Society Office before going to the police station. Step No.2 – Give Public Notice in Newspaper The 2nd step is to give an advertisement in a “public notice” in the local leading newspaper for the lost documents The public notice should have a list of the lost documents. In it, requesting the public return lost property documents if someone finds them. Here is the public notice for lost property documents format for you to follow: The best part is the notice should have your contact No and address to which someone who finds them sends them back to you. Further, the day the advertisement appears in the newspaper, buy that newspaper. It would be best if you kept them in a safe place. You need to submit the newspaper clippings to the authority with the application for issuing duplicate documents because of the paper clippings. Step No.3 – Prepare an Affidavit The 3rd step is to prepare an affidavit from the allottee. With that, notarize it from the notary public. The issuing authority might demand from you before giving you a CTC. Affidavit for Lost Property Documents (Free Download) In a hurry, Download a PDF version for easier offline use and sharing with others. Click the below button to get the affidavit for loss of original property documents (Acrobat Reader). Affidavit Sample PDF Free ↓ Step 4 – Visit (Sub-Registrar/Society/Housing project)’s Office Last, visit the issuing authority of property documents. They may be a Sub-Registrar, a housing project or a Society to apply for duplicate copies issuance of your stolen or lost papers along with the required documents you have ready. So that they issue you duplicate (or CTC) of lost documents. Conclusion In summation, The property ownership document is legit papers. Follow the above steps to have issued your lost documents replica. Merely having possession is not enough. You get to issue duplicate copies by following the steps in this post. I hope you enjoyed it and found our blog post about losing your property documents helpful. Now, tell us: Maybe you want to learn more about this topic. Either way, let us know by leaving a comment below. If you liked this article, share it with your friends and colleagues! FAQs (Lost Property Documents) File an FIR (First Investigation Report) with the local Police. If your property documents, such as your allotment letter, Registry, and transfer letter, are lost or stolen. This is important, especially for legal documents. Notify the concerned Authorities of the loss of real estate documents. Go to the registrar's office or a patwari and tell them about it. I recommend going to the registrar. It is because patwaris take advantage of the situation. You can get your original papers back from the office by submitting them as mentioned above. First, go to the local police station. Second, give public notice. Third, prepare an affidavit. Finally, visit the concerned office to get duplicate copies of lost property papers. In Pakistan, three types of documents show ownership of land.Fard, Registry and Inteqal are title documents. Concerned Patwari issues it. However, in some parts of the country, online fard is available. The title deed is the document that proves the ownership of the seller. It's also known as the 'Sale deed'. This agreement, signed between the buyer and the seller, is widely considered the most important property document in Pakistan.