People’s Daily reported that, last December, the State Council issued provisional regulations on real estate registration. Local cities and counties were to launch the regulations but have been seriously behind in doing so. Therefore, the Ministry of Land and Resources and the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform recently issued another round of directions targeting the delays. The article quoted a representative from the Ministry of Land and Resources who stated that, out of over 300 cities and 2800 counties in China, only 16 percent of the cities and 4 percent of the counties had formed a designated department to handle the real estate registration process in their area. According to the representative, the delays have seriously hindered the progress of the real estate registration process.
According to Xinhua, the State Council, China’s Cabinet, issued the provisional regulations on real estate registration. The regulations provided that all governments above the county level shall designate special departments for registration in their areas, which would then follow instructions from higher governments. The regulations will cover collective ownership of land, ownership of buildings and forests, contracted land management rights, and rights to the use of land for construction, homesteads, and maritime areas.
Xinhua, December 22, 2014