“Houses are for living in, not for speculating on” sounds sincere this time

This “houses are for living in, not for speculating on” has been out there since last December when China top leaders met up for an economic meeting. It has become a very popular slogan among either local governments and the media.

Since then, we have seen a steady increase of property curbing measures that are put in place by Chinese local governments…

Sell your China property in Beijing: your marital status matters

Maybe it is really time to sell your China properties, either in Shanghai, Beijing or Shenzhen, these first-tiered cities in China.

Despite the fact that China applies its uniform sets of laws throughout the country as a centralized political system, it is not uncommon to find out that different places may have different interpretations of the same piece…

What if your real property in China is sold by an unauthorized person?

It happens not only in China. There seem to be property scam all over the world, click here and here.

A recent case intrigues me a lot.

Facts: an old Shanghai lady who become an American citizen back in 1990s left her apartment in down town area of Shanghai to her niece for use and care. Recently when she came back to Shanghai, she found that her apartment was now owned…

the hardest nut: land reform, pending China all-important party plenary meeting in November

Two months away from the third plenary session of CCP central committee, according to HK Economic Times, as a critical part of the overall reforms much expected and longed for, reforms in regard of Chinese land regime has still been in dispute among the top echelon people in China Community Party.

It is no surprise to me at all. It is likely that the inability to …

Rural land issues amid China urbanization ambition,a brief summary of China Urbanization Summit Forum

During the two days from August 31 to September 1, the Summit Forum for China Urbanization was held in Xiamen, eastern coastal city in Fujian province, China. The summit was in part sponsored  by Dacheng Law Offices. As a lawyer at the law firm, I attended the summit forum, and also submitted a paper analyzing some legal issues related to transfer and conveyance…

Pre-contract agreement in property deals in China

Deals of selling or buying properties in China involve similar procedures under China property laws. A typical deal often starts from the execution of three-party deposit agreement under which realtor, buyer and seller agree on certain terms of the deal. Under this three-party agreement, the buyer often pays a certain money as deposit (for understanding…

Is the confiscation of Shenzhen Kingglory Plaza legal under Chinese laws?

I have been waiting for more details regarding the confiscation of Shenzhen Kingglory Plaza to be disclosed or leaked. But the Shenzhen government seems determined not to tell more than what the media has reported.

As a real estate lawyer that has been focusing on Chinese real estate law practice for long, I was indeed shocked to hear the news about confiscation…

Subrogation right in China Contract Law, a case study

I am advising a client on his real estate dispute with his seller which is very interesting as it led me to think about two important issues under china contract law.

Here are the facts: my client entered into a real estate sale and purchase contract back in 2009 under which he agreed to pay for an apartment which at the time of signing the contract was not allowed to…

bona fide principle in Chinese laws

In a leasing/occupancy dispute where I represent the owners (a couple whose names are both registered on the title deed of the property) of an apartment in Shanghai, trying to take back the apartment which had been leased out to a foreigner “tanant” by the owners’ friend who was once entrusted with the keys of the apartment.

In response to …