In California, a quit claim deed is a legal document used to transfer a piece of real estate from one person to the next. These documents are generally used for expeditious property transfers between family members, as quit claim deeds provide no guarantee that a property title is clear and free of any encumbrances. The purpose of a quit claim deed is to ensure that once a property is transferred, the previous owner cannot claim any interest on the property at a later date. Regardless if a quit claim deed is used for property transfers between family members or strangers, a title search should be done on the property to ensure there are no serious encumbrances.
Below are the following laws and requirements for filing a quit claim deed in the state of California.
Quit Claim Deeds in California require Assessor Parcel Number (known as an APN), which must be included in the legal description of the quit claim deed. In addition, the state of California requires that a Preliminary Change of Ownership Form (BOE-502-A) be filed along with the quit claim deed at the County Recorder’s Office where the property is located.
California requires that the grantor sign the quit claim deed with a Notary Public. Furthermore, the Documentary Transfer Tax must be declared on the document.