Sale of co-owned property in China

Properties, I mean real estate such as houses, apartments, condos, and offices, can be owned by more than one owner, resulting in co-ownership in a certain piece of property.

I.  Co-ownership under China Property Law

Under China Property Law, there are two types of co-ownership: tenancy in common and joint tenancy. However please be noted that the tenancy

“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…

Property Sale in China: Mind the Realtors Who are not just in-betweens

Like in the west, when you purchase properties in China, you would in most cases need the help of realtors or real estate brokers or agents (whatever names you call them) who match deals. However unlike in the west (I so assume), Chinese realtors may not act as true in-between but side with buyers.

According to the rules and old practice, realtors in Shanghai, Beijing…

Here it comes again: China property market to collapse

China’s economy is having a rough ride at the moment and it’s only get to get worse.

China’s economy grew at its slowest rate in 24 years in 2014, just 7.4%. Its stock market has fallen around 40% since hitting multi-year highs in mid-June. And the government is burning through cash reserves to prop it up. China’s debt is also twice the

Are you following the trend or the crowd to sell your properties in China?

Apparently, many are considering cashing in on their property holdings in China. Yes, it may be the right decision to make.

The trend leader is the Hong Kong Tycoon Li Ka-shing who has unloaded its Chinese property assets over the recent years. Here is a report from WSJ “In Chinese Property, Smart Players Are Selling“.

He is not alone.  Many small…

Allocated land use right issue in purchasing properties in French Concession Area in Shanghai

This is actually a summary written to one of my clients who is selling his house in the French Concession Area in Shanghai. One of his prospective buyers raised a good question regarding the land use right after reviewing the title deed of the house. Unlike other new apartments, my client’s title deed of his house does not specify a 70 year period of land use…

Sell Chinese properties: what to do with the mortgage loan?

Though you may think otherwise of Shanghai property market, many people are starting losing confidence and thus selling their properties in China. The biggest sale is made by Asia No. 1 tycoon from Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing. He has sold several properties in Shanghai, indicating that he sensed a turning point to be coming soon.

But for individual foreign property…

FAQs on buying property in Shanghai, China

[NOTE, this is an old article written by Jason Tian back in 2009 based on his experience in helping foreigners in Shanghai purchase their homes here. Unfortunately, this article has been plagiarized by some other Chinese lawyers in Shanghai.Here this article is updated pursuant to new development after 2009. Please also take note that I am not encouraging

China to enforce the 20% individual income tax rate on property sale

Apparently China central government is seeing a clear uprise of property prices throughout the country.

Just today, China state council issued a new notice ordering its subordinate governments to implement seriously the existing policies that are aimed to rein in the property market, and meanwhile, stepping up a new measure of cooling policy, namely, enforcing…

Should the couple both sign the contract for sale and purchase of the property?

In China, properties, personal or real, acquired during marriage are statutorily prescribed to be community property of the couple even though only the name of one spouse is registered as owner on the relevant title deeds or ownership certificates. Being community property in the case of real property such as apartment, houses, condo, office and other commercial…

move money and property out of China

Moving money, assets and property out of China is quite a sensitive matter in China, though such moves take place every day across the Chinese borders. It is a known secret that a bulk of the money so moved is illegal proceeds generated by corrupt officials and their cronies. While we see a great deal of illegal transfer across the border, for ordinary people, moving…