What can you do if your landlord does not give his PAN number?

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landlord pan cardIn December, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) made it compulsory for anyone paying more than Rs. 1,80,000 rent per annum to provide rent receipts along with their landlord’s PAN number for claiming HRA exemption. But as this is a recent notification and most people only came to know about the same once the companies started asking for the same. So in all probability most of landlords would not be comfortable sharing their PAN numbers. So the next question is what if the you are paying rent of more than Rs 1,80,000 per annum and landlord refuses to give his PAN card?

You probably have to forgo the HRA exemption as your company would not take any other document in lieu of landlord’s PAN number or a declaration that he doesn’t have a PAN number. So the next step is you can claim the tax paid back while filing tax return for the year.

One can approach the tax department with a copy of the letter or email, asking the landlord’s PAN and his/her reply or no response and this should be proof enough to show the house owner was unwilling to share his PAN card. But be prepared to wait for at least six months for the refund!

So, when your lease runs out next time, and if you plan to look for another place to rent, make sure you tell your landlord you need a copy of his/her PAN card to claim for HRA even before you sign the rent agreement and hand the deposit. It will definitely save you the hassles.

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7 thoughts on “What can you do if your landlord does not give his PAN number?

  1. [...] Its time that companies have started asking for Income Tax Investment proofs along with your HRA (House Rent Allowance) proof. As most of you might be aware as per notification from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) made it mandatory for for anyone paying more than Rs. 1,80,000 rent per annum to provide rent receipts along with their landlord’s PAN number for claiming HRA exemption (Read details by clicking here). [...]

  2. In most of the cases, landlords are unwilling to give PAN card copy, any kind of declaration saying he has no PAN if has one/none. There is a landlord, he takes only in CASH and not even through any other means of payments, because does not want to leave any kind of proofs, like emails/letter, absolutely no proofs.

    Basically point here is, when landlord is unwilling to give any kind of documents, what tax payer should do to get HRA exemption? (Landlords directly say, they wont give any docs or signatures. They say to tenant, either they have to agree to their terms OR can vacate the house. Given the condition of homeless citizens, tenants have no other means escape from exploitation by Landlords and Govt).

    Even if you try to ask some form of document with new landlord also issue is same.

    This is totally inability of Govt to punish tax evaders like Landlords. And making tenants pay for its inefficiency.

    Regards,
    Markson

    • I totally agree with you… the only precaution that can be taken is if you are shifting to a new house tell landlord about this new rule and take his PAN card copy while signing lease agreement.

      • Amith,

        taking precaution!!!, yes though if you want, circumstances of not getting new house as per your requirements, will more probably make you to agree to landlord’s terms.

        there was one event, when a tenant tried take such precaution, landlord said, he won’t give any kind of declaration, PAN copy, nothing. If you want to take house on rent, you are welcome, else get out, said on his face.

        Regards,
        Markson

        • I understand … I myself am on rent and so know what’s happening :)

          Thankfully my Landlord is not that fussy!! But I know he is more an exception than rule …

        • The salaried person is always the scape goat. How difficult is it for the government to have the PAN card number/no PAN declaration made mandatory in rent agreement forms?

  3. [...] HRA in case you pay a rent of more than Rs. 2,00,000 is cumbersome now. This is due to a new regulation last year from Income Tax Department stating that you need to submit landlord’s PAN card copy in case the rent [...]

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