TNHB | Tamil Nadu Housing Board


Tamil Nadu Housing Board TNHB Anna Nagar is situated in Anna Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. At Coimbatore, there is Tamil Nadu Housing Board Coimbatore. The Tamil Nadu Housing Board was previously known as city improvement trust. It provides houses to the people at affordable rates to those people who don’t have any house.

TNHB was formed in 1947 as a small organisation in the name of "CITY IMPROVEMENT TRUST". It was to cater to the housing needs of people of Madras, the old name of Tamil Nadu. Now, it has developed into a highly organized authority.

TNHB ensures the use of quality materials for construction. It uses the most recent up to date construction techniques and gives housing for the people among the EWS, LIG, MIG and HIG. The cost is kept at a rate that is affordable.

TNHB has exceptional competence to develop very big neighbourhood schemes. Each unit is self-contained. The organization is one of the biggest institutions in India.


  1. Who are the Board Members of TNHB?



Tamil Nadu Housing Board.

Managing Director,

Tamil Nadu Housing Board.

Principal Secretary to Government,

Housing and Urban Development Department.

Member Secretary,

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.

Director (FAC),

Town and Country Planning.


Greater Chennai Corporation.

Managing Director (FAC),

Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board.

Special Secretary to Government (Expenditure),

Finance Department.


  1. What are the core activities of TNHB?

TNHB has been serving various categories of people, like the EWS, LIG, MIG & HIG, by allotting house sites/ Flats and houses to them at reasonably priced rates that can be paid over the tenure of some years in addition, it gives School sites, sites for Public use, Commercial Sites for shops etc.

Further, TNHB has been building, preserving and allocating apartments solely to the Tamil Nadu Govt. employees under Tamil Nadu Government Servants Rental Housing Scheme (TNGRHS).

TNHB is also providing No objection Certificate to the Land Owners for use of their land in areas where TNHB has considered acquiring lands for the schemes.

  1. How to get an allotment of Plot/Flat/House?

After the development of house sites and construction of houses/flats reaches the finishing stage, advertisements will be issued in leading News-papers inviting applications for allotment of Plots/Flats//Houses (in short units)

  1. Is there any categorization based on income for the allotments?

Yes. There are 4 categories based on the income of the applicant, which are:-

  • Economically Weaker Section (EWS)
  • Lower Income Group (LIG)
  • Middle Income Group (MIG)
  • Higher Income Group (HIG)
  1. How to obtain an application form?

You may get in touch with the individual City Division/Mofussil Unit declared in the announcement either in personally or through the web site for acquiring application form by paying the declared cost.

  1. How to submit filled-in Application?

For filling up the application, the instructions/guidelines printed in the application form may be followed scrupulously. After filling up, you have to register the Form for Application with the particular Division office, Unit office after paying the prescribed fee (either by cash or by Demand Draft) on or before the due date indicated in the application form/advertisement.

  1. Who is eligible to get an allotment under the TNHB scheme?
  • The applicant should have completed the age of 21 at the time of allotment.
  • The applicant or his spouse or children (minor) should not hold a plot/house or flat in TNHB.
  • He / She needs to be a resident of Tamil Nadu.
  • Income eligibility for various categories are:


*Income/ Month


Up to Rs.12,000/- per month.


Rs. 12,001/- to Rs. 18,000/- per month


Rs. 18,001/- to Rs. 37,000/- per month


Rs. 37,001/- to Rs. 62,000/- per month

Super HIG

Rs. 62,001/- and above per month

*Applicants should have necessary income as prescribed above.

  1. How allotments are made?

If the number of applications exceeds the number of units available for allotment, a system of “draws of the lot" will be held in the presence of the General Public.

After due scrutiny of all the applications received and if found eligible, your application will be entered in the list for the conduct of lot, observing group wise reservation.

The lot draws will be organised by the Allotment Committee, that constituted by the Govt.

  1. What is the reservation category-wise?

As per the orders of the Government, these are the category-wise reservation that will be followed:




1) Scheduled Caste including Adi Dravidas

18 %

2) Scheduled Tribes


3) State Government Servants


4) Central Govt. Servants including Employees of TNEB.

8 %

5) Defence Personnel including Ex-serviceman


6) Dhobies & Barbers


7) Working Journalists


8) Language Crusaders


9) Employees of TNHB


10) General public


From out of the above 1,6 and 10, 5% for Artists and 1% for political sufferers will be allotted on a priority basis. 3% for differentiable persons will be allotted within the reservation of 18% made for State Government Servants.

  1. What should I do after getting allotment order?

There are two scheme of allotment viz. outright purchase and Hire Purchase. On receipt of allotment order, you must check up the system under which you have been allotted plot/house/flat and take action accordingly.

  1. What are the conditions for outright purchase system?

Under Outright Purchase system, you have to pay the full cost of the unit within 30 days from the date of receipt of allotment order.

  1. What is the consequence of non-payment of total cost?

Under Outright Purchase System, the full cost should be paid within 30 days or the extended time, as the case may be, or else, your allotment stands cancelled and the resulting vacancy shall be allocated to another eligible applicant from among those in the waiting list.

  1. Where all applicants may apply under the Outright Purchase System?

Scheduled Tribe/ Scheduled Caste/ barbers, Dhobis, Working Journalists & Language Crusaders cannot submit an application under this scheme for allotment. Also, Government servants who are eager of getting H.B.A. can not apply under the Outright Purchase System.

  1. What are the criteria for allotment under the system of Hire-Purchase?
  • An allottee has to pay only 40% of the total cost within 21 days starting from the date when the allotment order is received. This amount is to be treated as Initial Deposit.
  • The balance amount needs to be paid in EMI spread over a period between 5 to 14 years, as per the scheme.
  1. Shall I be allowed an extension of time for payment of I.D.?

Under extraordinary circumstances, you may be allowed an extension of time for payment of I.D. by a month, on a written request made by you and on payment of extension fee.

  1. What will be the consequence if the payment is not made within the prescribed time or extended time limit?

Failure to pay the I.D. within 21 days from the date of allotment order or such extended time will lead to cancellation of allotment. On cancellation, the consequential vacancy will be re-allotted to the next eligible applicant in the waiting list of the respective category.

  1. Is revocation of cancellation possible?

Revocation of cancellation is possible only if the unit already allotted to you is not re-allotted to the eligible applicant in the waiting list. For revoking the cancellation order within 1 month, you need to apply either to the respective Manager (Marketing and Services) or the Executive Engineer as per the case.

  1. Is their penalty levied for late payment of monthly instalment?

Yes. A penal interest of 3%, over and above the scheme rate of interest, will be levied on the Principle portion of the Monthly Instalment if paid after 15th of the current month.

Q. Can I change the unit allotted to me?

Yes, change of Unit can be permitted by the Superintending Engineers of the Circles concerned based on a request made by the allottee on genuine grounds and subject to availability and on payment of the prescribed fee.

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