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HELP - trying to sell in GOA, India

Old Feb 16th 2022, 3:45 pm
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Question HELP - trying to sell in GOA, India

Hello, I am hoping someone can help me with what feels like an extremely complex and exhausting situation.

My grandfather passed away in 2007. He owned and was born in a house that our family built in Goa. He was educated and grew up until the age of 18 in Goa before moving to the UK when he was 19 years old. My grandfather held a Portugese Passport and had portugese nationality until the day he died, he did not surrender his portugese nationality when Goa was given back to India in 1961 therefor died a portugese national, not Indian and he did not obtain his Indian OCI. Because of this my family and I can not obtain our Indian OCI to legally own the property in Goa now he has passed.

It is currently in holding in my grandmother's name until her death. I am her power of attorney and actively trying to sell the property and lands attached but have no idea how I can do this without being an OCI holder? She is of German nationality and according to my understanding can not own the property either.

We are very eager to sell but have no idea where to start or what can be done, please if anyone knows a good place to start or can help I would hugely appreciate it.

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Amy Caeiro
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Old Apr 28th 2022, 9:08 am
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Default Re: HELP - trying to sell in GOA, India

Originally Posted by amycaeiro
Hello, I am hoping someone can help me with what feels like an extremely complex and exhausting situation.

My grandfather passed away in 2007. He owned and was born in a house that our family built in Goa. He was educated and grew up until the age of 18 in Goa before moving to the UK when he was 19 years old. My grandfather held a Portugese Passport and had portugese nationality until the day he died, he did not surrender his portugese nationality when Goa was given back to India in 1961 therefor died a portugese national, not Indian and he did not obtain his Indian OCI. Because of this my family and I can not obtain our Indian OCI to legally own the property in Goa now he has passed.

It is currently in holding in my grandmother's name until her death. I am her power of attorney and actively trying to sell the property and lands attached but have no idea how I can do this without being an OCI holder? She is of German nationality and according to my understanding can not own the property either.

We are very eager to sell but have no idea where to start or what can be done, please if anyone knows a good place to start or can help I would hugely appreciate it.

Kindest,

Amy Caeiro
A poster on another part of the 'Forum' has directed me to your post. It was not necessary to surrender Portuguese nationality in 1961 and many still have both Indian and Portuguese nationality. Discussing it with another OCI this AM he believes that your grandmother or yourself as descendant could get OCI.
Inheritance of property in Goa is very complicated because until recently Portuguese inheritance laws were also still in place!
The best thing to do is to consult a lawyer in the UK specialising in Indian matters.


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