Documents Required for Home Ownership in Mainland China
Proof of ownership of the real estate (real estate certificate, property ownership certificate, etc.), contract for the transfer of ownership of the real estate(sale and purchase, gift contract, etc.), proof of fulfilment of legal transaction procedures (deed tax, the certificate of corporate tax, etc.) are major required documents. If the seller is a legal person, he/she is required to provide the proof of consent to the sale, etc.
Proof of identity for both transaction parties is required(depending on the subject, natural persons are required to provide identity cards, military officer cards, soldier cards, passports, Mainland Travel Permits for Hong Kong and Macau Residents and Mainland Travel Permits for Taiwan Residents, etc., while legal persons are required to provide copies of business licences, organisation code certificates and tax registration certificates, etc.), basic information of both parties to the transaction (fill in the real estate change registration application form). If either one of the natural persons cannot be present in person, an agent can be entrusted to handle the transfer procedures on his/her behalf, but the agent should provide the company’s common seal, a legal stamp, power of attorney and proof of identity of the agent.
The so-called prohibition refers to the prohibition of trading particular categories of the real estate due to local policies in China, e.g. protected structures including certain garden houses and the real estate within the red line of municipal planning, are not allowed to be traded etc.