If you are looking to own a home of your own, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), PMAY (U) scheme, here are few important things to consider about the PMAY scheme, even while you arrange the amount for down payment, decide the location, builder and the home loan lender. The Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Middle Income Group (MIG) to be called CLSS for MIG I and MIG II, which was initially approved for implementation for the year 2017 has been extended up to March 2020.However, the government on May 14, 2020, announced the extension of the deadline for the affordable housing CLSS scheme for one year, that is, till March 2021.
Let's see who all are eligible for the MIG category, who all within a family can apply, how much is the subsidy in rupee terms and how does the subsidy impact the loan amount.
The middle-income earners
The new category MIG, introduced recently, will further comprise of two slabs. The Middle Income Group (MIG) - I will comprise of households having an annual income between Rs.6,00,001 up to Rs.12,00,000. And, the Middle Income Group (MIG) - II will comprise of households having an annual income between Rs.12, 00,001 up to Rs.18, 00,000. So, effectively anyone earning between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 18 lakh per annum can avail the benefits of subs聽..
Who are all eligible?
The scheme is primarily aimed at providing housing for all. Therefore, understandably, all those who already own a home or any of their family member own a home, are kept out of the benefits of PMAY. The rule says, "The beneficiary family should not own a pucca house and the beneficiary family should not have availed of central assistance under any housing scheme from Government of India." A beneficiary family will comprise of husband, wife,unmarried sons and/or unmarried daughters. To avoid duplication, beneficiary family members have to provide their Aadhaar numbers while applying for the loan. But, as per the guidelines, "An adult earning member (irrespective of marital status) can be treated as a separate household, provided that he/she does not own a pucca (an all weather dwelling unit) house in his / her name in any part of India. "So, even if children (married or unmarried) are staying with their parents in a house owned by the parents (or on rent, in the same or another city), they can opt for PMAY provided they are earning and don't own any other home. For a married couple living on rent and even if their parents own a home, will anyhow is treated as a separate household. However, if they wish to avail PMAY benefits, they will be eligible for a single house, bought by either of the spouses or both together in joint ownership.
In the MIG - I category, individuals will get 4 per cent interest subsidy on a loan amount up to Rs 9 lakh, and in the MIG - II slab category individuals will get a 3 percent subsidy on a loan amount up to Rs 12 lakh. If one needs an additional loan, the lender will provide it but the additional loans beyond the subsidised loan amount will be at a non-subsidised rate.
How does it work
Say, someone in the MIG II category, wishes to buy a house costing Rs 60 lakh. After the mandatory minimum down payment of 20 percent i.e. Rs 12 lakh, the balance of Rs 48 lakh can be arranged through a loan. But under PMAY, a subsidy of 3 percent would be applicable till Rs 12 lakh, hence, the lender's home loan interest rate will be applicable on the balance of Rs 36 lakh.
How is the subsidy adjusted
The interest subsidy amount will not be the differential of interest amount (of actual and subsided rate) but will be the net present value (NPV) of the interest subsidy amount. It is to be calculated at a discount rate of 9 percent. For calculating NPV of the subsidy, one will need the loan's amortisation schedule as the interest portion of each equated monthly instalment (EMI) has to be considered. Thereafter, use the Fx function in an excel sheet to arrive at the NPV. Because of the subsidy amount, your loan amount reduces and, therefore, the interest burden to comes down.
Suppose on a home loan of Rs 12 lakh, the NPV of the 3% interest subsidy comes to Rs 2.30 lakh. So, out of the loan amount of Rs 12 lakh, the amount of Rs 2.30 lakh will get deducted and the borrowers has to pay EMI on the balance i.e. Rs 9.7 lakh at a rate at which the lender is providing loans, which could be 8.75 or 9 percent or whatever the MCLR based home loan rate is the bank. The interest subsidy will be credited upfront to the loan account of beneficiaries resulting in reduced effective housing loan (deducting it from the principal loan amount) and Equated Monthly Installment (EMI). The borrower will pay EMI as per agreed document rates on the remainder of the principal loan amount.
Loans under PMAY
The PMAY benefits can be availed if one wishes to acquire a new house from the developer or the builder and even for buying a house from the secondary market through repurchase. One may also take a loan for the construction of the house. Interestingly, if someone already owning a home wants to avail PMAY benefit, there's still a possibility. The government has clarified that the Mission (Housing for All by 2022) also provides for enhancements/incremental housing to the existing 'pucca' house under the CLSS component. So, a home loan provider cannot decline or not entertain an applicant seeking a home loan for the addition of a room, kitchen etc to the existing dwellings solely on the ground that the applicant is already possessing a pucca house.
Under PMAY, the area of the house is different for all categories but it's the carpet area that is to be looked at. For MIG I, the carpet area is to be 90 sq mt (968.752 sq ft) and 110 sq mt (1184.03 sq ft) for MIG II category. In June 2018, in a major decision to boost Affordable housing, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, has approved the revision of the carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for the Middle-Income Group (MIG) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in respect of MIG I from “up to 120 square metre” to be increased to “up to 160 square metre” and, in respect of MIG II from “up to 150 square metre” to “up to 200 square metre”. Carpet area is the area enclosed within the walls i.e. actual area to lay the carpet. This area does not include the thickness of the inner walls. If you add up outer walls, balcony and other common areas, it's the built-up area.
Subsidised loans from where
One can avail PMAY linked loans from any primary lending institutions such as scheduled commercial banks, housing finance companies, Regional Rural Banks s), State Cooperative Banks, Urban Cooperative Banks, Small Finance Banks, Non Banking Financial Company etc. There will not be any processing charge for eligible housing loan amount as per income criteria under the Scheme. For additional loan amounts beyond the eligible loan amounts for interest subsidy lenders can charge the normal processing fee.