RBI revises housing loan limits under Priority Sector Lending

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on June 19, 2018 revised the upwards housing loan limits under Priority Sector Lending (PSL). The housing loan limits were revised to bring union of the PSL guidelines for housing loans with the Affordable Housing Scheme of the Union Government and to give a stimulus to low-cost housing for the economically weaker sections and low income groups. PSL loans are relatively cheaper than market interest rate.

Key Highlights:-

1. The housing loan limits for eligibility under priority sector lending will be revised to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres and to Rs 25 lakh in other centres.
2. Housing loans of up to Rs 35 lakh for residences costing less than Rs 45 lakh will now be treated as Priority Sector Lending (PSL) to give a boost to the low-cost segment.
3. However, for being classified as priority sector, the overall cost of the residence in the metropolitan centre (with population of 10 lakh and above) and at other centres should not exceed Rs 45 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, respectively.
4. The existing family income limit of Rs 2 lakh per annum for availing of the loans for housing projects for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Groups (LIG) now stands revised to Rs 3 lakh per annum and Rs 6 lakh per annum, respectively.
5. These changes have been done in alignment with the income criteria specified under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

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