California Quit Claim Deed Form

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The California quitclaim deed is used to transfer the interest that a person may have in a given piece of real estate to another person. With a quitclaim, there is no guarantee as to the interest being transferred. Basically, the grantor (the person transferring the interest) is stating that he or she will not make any claims they may have to the property. It provides the least amount of protection to a buyer. However, a buyer can research the property in question, called a title search, to ascertain the interest that the grantor has to be sure of what interest they are buying in the property and what encumbrances or restrictions may exist on the property.

Assessor Parcel Number (APN) – This is required to be included in the legal description in the Quit Claim Deed. This number may be obtained from your City/County Assessor (See List of County Assessors).

Preliminary Change of Ownership (Form BOE-502-A) – Form that is required to be filed along with the Quit Claim Deed at the Recorder’s Office.

Recording – The form may be filed at the County Recorder’s Office where the property is located.

Signing – Required to be executed with a Notary Public viewing the grantor(s) signature(s).

Transfer Tax – The Documentary Transfer Tax must be stated on the form which is a rate that is specific to each area of California. Be sure to contact your jurisdiction and make the calculation based on the value of the property (less liens) being conveyed.

View – Sample Filled-in Quit Claim Deed

How to Write

Step 1 – In the top left-hand corner, enter the name of the person requesting recording and the person to whom the deed and tax statements should be mailed (most likely the grantee or person purchasing property).

Step 2  Write in the Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) for the property. This information can be obtained from the assessor’s office n the county in which the property is located.

Step 3  Enter the name of the person quit claiming (selling) the property.

Step 4 Fill in the name of the person who is buying the property.

Step 5 Indicate the city and county in which the property is located and then put in the legal description of the property.

Step 6 Sign and date the document in front of a notary. The original is for the grantee to bring down to the county recorder for recording.


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