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Q: Purhasing property and transferring Hukou

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My mom (US citizen) is in the process of selling her apartment in Guangzhou.  The apartment was left to her by my grand mother and is specified in my grand mother's will. My mom also has all the necessary papers to indicate her ownership.  She found a buyer for the apartment and contracts have been signed but the deal hasn't been finalized yet.  The problem is that my cousin has her hukou registered to the apartment and is refusing to give it up (even though she is not on any legal paper work, has not lived in the apartment in over 15 years and also owns her own apartment).  She is basically black mailing and not letting the new buyer have the hukou.  My mother contacted a family friend who is a lawyer who basically said that there's nothing they can do, the courts will not address property issues...  

 

My question is, can the buyer still transfer their hukou to the new apartment?  

 

Thanks,

 

Lana

6 years 15 weeks ago in  Housing - Guangzhou

 
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Payoff time! My wife owns 1/3 of the "family apartment" legally but cannot sell that share, transfer or otherwise do anything without her mother's approval (and the greedy old vulture will NEVER release her claws from anything). If your cousin is not resident in GZ, it may be easier to have her pushed out as "non-resident/non-residing" but in the long run, you'll have to pay her off to release the place. Weird thing about China...wills don't really mean anything as anyone related by blood or by marriage can claim a stake in the deceased's property.

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But the property is in my mother's name, she is able to legally sell the apartment but the new buyer can't transfer their hukou, or can they?  I don't get this, sounds completely insane.  We're offering to pay her off but she wants the whole thing, super greedy.

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This is the leading cause of family homicides in China during Spring Festival (you can look it up!) Property, especially with the value of said property, makes people really ugly. My own mother-in-law tricked and deceived (!!!) her mother-in-law into signing over her third of the apartment ownership (which is how my wife came to own a third). It's not just a matter of whose name the ownership is under but who has claims against the property. Find a buy-out price or find "alternate means" to get your cousin to change her mind.

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No, can not ,the only way you can do is :to get a notifydoucument from street committee that your cusin are not living in your apartment ,

 

 

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