The Reserve Bank today raised the cap on individual housing loan an urban cooperative bank (UCB) can disburse to Rs 30 lakh from Rs 25 lakh.  The central bank bank also raised repayment period for such loans to 20 years.  The housing loan limit for another category (tier-II) UCBs has been increased to Rs 70 lakh from Rs 50 lakh, RBI said in a statement.

“As announced in the Second Quarter Review of the Monetary Policy 2011-12, it has been decided to permit tier-I UCBs to extend individual housing loans up to a maximum of Rs 30 lakh per beneficiary of a dwelling unit and tier-II UCBs to extend individual housing loans up to a maximum of Rs 70 lakh per beneficiary of a dwelling unit subject to extant prudential exposure limits,” it said.

It has also been decided to enhance the maximum repayment period of housing loans granted by UCBs (including the period of moratorium or repayment holiday) from the present period of 15 years to 20 years, it added.

The RBI in the half yearly monetary policy review last week had said “…it is felt that there is a need to increase the maximum permissible limit of individual housing loans that can be granted by the UCBs, as also to increase the maximum repayment period for such loans”.

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RBI/2011-12/238
UBD.BPD.(PCB). Cir.No.7/09.22.010/2011-12

October 31, 2011

The Chief Executive Officer,
All Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks.

Dear Sir / Madam,

Revision in Limits of Housing Loans and Repayment Period – Second Quarter Review of Monetary Policy 2011-12

Please refer to Circular UBD.PCB.Cir.No.42/09.09.001/08-09 dated May 15, 2008 on Revision of Individual Housing Loan Limits and para 4(iii) of Circular UBD.P&O.108/UB.31-88/89 dated April 5, 1989 issued to the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, specifying the maximum permissible repayment period of housing loans granted by UCBs.

2. As announced in the Second Quarter Review of the Monetary Policy 2011-12 (para 89 – extract appended), it has been decided to permit Tier-I UCBs to extend individual housing loans upto a maximum of `30 lakh per beneficiary of a dwelling unit and Tier II UCBs to extend individual housing loans up to a maximum of `70.00 lakh per beneficiary of a dwelling unit subject to extant prudential exposure limits.

3. It has also been decided to enhance the maximum repayment period of housing loans granted by UCBs (including the period of moratorium or repayment holiday) from the present period of 15 years to 20 years.

4. All other instructions regarding grant of housing loans by UCBs remain unchanged.

Yours faithfully

(A. Udgata)
Chief General Manager- in- Charge


Extract of Second Quarter Review of Monetary Policy 2011-12

Urban Co-operative Banks

Enhancement of Limit and Repayment Period of Housing Loan

89. Based on the representations received from the urban co-operative banks (UCBs) and their associations, it is felt that there is a need to increase the maximum permissible limit of individual housing loans that can be granted by the UCBs, as also to increase the maximum repayment period for such loans. It is, therefore, proposed:

  • to increase the individual housing loan limit from `25 lakh to `30 lakh for Tier I UCBs and from `50 lakh to `70 lakh for Tier II UCBs, subject to extant prudential exposure limits; and
  • to enhance the maximum repayment period of housing loans from the present period of 15 years to 20 years.

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