Chapter 2. Change in Ownership and Purchase - California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 62
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62. Change in ownership shall not include:
(a) (1) Any transfer between coowners that results in a change in
the method of holding title to the real property transferred without
changing the proportional interests of the coowners in that real
property, such as a partition of a tenancy in common.
(2) Any transfer between an individual or individuals and a legal
entity or between legal entities, such as a cotenancy to a
partnership, a partnership to a corporation, or a trust to a
cotenancy, that results solely in a change in the method of holding
title to the real property and in which proportional ownership
interests of the transferors and transferees, whether represented by
stock, partnership interest, or otherwise, in each and every piece of
real property transferred, remain the same after the transfer. The
provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to transfers also
excluded from change in ownership under the provisions of subdivision
(b) of Section 64.
(b) Any transfer for the purpose of perfecting title to the
(c) (1) The creation, assignment, termination, or reconveyance of
a security interest; or (2) the substitution of a trustee under a
(d) Any transfer by the trustor, or by the trustor's spouse or
registered domestic partner, or by both, into a trust for so long as
(1) the transferor is the present beneficiary of the trust, or (2)
the trust is revocable; or any transfer by a trustee of such a trust
described in either clause (1) or (2) back to the trustor; or, any
creation or termination of a trust in which the trustor retains the
reversion and in which the interest of others does not exceed 12
(e) Any transfer by an instrument whose terms reserve to the
transferor an estate for years or an estate for life. However, the
termination of such an estate for years or estate for life shall
constitute a change in ownership, except as provided in subdivision
(d) and in Section 63.
(f) The creation or transfer of a joint tenancy interest if the
transferor, after the creation or transfer, is one of the joint
tenants as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 65.
(g) Any transfer of a lessor's interest in taxable real property
subject to a lease with a remaining term (including renewal options)
of 35 years or more. For the purpose of this subdivision, for 1979-80
and each year thereafter, it shall be conclusively presumed that all
homes eligible for the homeowners' exemption, other than
manufactured homes located on rented or leased land and subject to
taxation pursuant to Part 13 (commencing with Section 5800) and
floating homes subject to taxation pursuant to Section 229, that are
on leased land have a renewal option of at least 35 years on the
lease of that land, whether or not in fact that renewal option exists
in any contract or agreement.
(h) Any purchase, redemption, or other transfer of the shares or
units of participation of a group trust, common trust fund, pooled
fund, or other collective investment fund established by a financial
(i) Any transfer of stock or membership certificate in a housing
cooperative that was financed under one mortgage, provided that
mortgage was insured under Section 213, 221(d)(3), 221(d)(4), or 236
of the National Housing Act, as amended, or that housing cooperative
was financed or assisted pursuant to Section 514, 515, or 516 of the
Housing Act of 1949 or Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959, or the
housing cooperative was financed by a direct loan from the
California Housing Finance Agency, and provided that the regulatory
and occupancy agreements were approved by the governmental lender or
insurer, and provided that the transfer is to the housing cooperative
or to a person or family qualifying for purchase by reason of
limited income. Any subsequent transfer from the housing cooperative
to a person or family not eligible for state or federal assistance in
reduction of monthly carrying charges or interest reduction
assistance by reason of the income level of that person or family
shall constitute a change of ownership.
(j) Any transfer during the period March 1, 1975, to March 1,
1981, between coowners in any property that was held by them as
coowners for all or part of that period, and which was eligible for a
homeowner's exemption during the period of the coownership,
notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter. Any transferee
whose interest was revalued in contravention of the provisions of
this subdivision shall obtain a reversal of that revaluation with
respect to the 1980-81 assessment year and thereafter, upon
application to the county assessor of the county in which the
property is located filed on or before March 26, 1982. No refunds
shall be made under this subdivision for any assessment year prior to
the 1980-81 fiscal year.
(k) Any transfer of property or an interest therein between a
corporation sole, a religious corporation, a public benefit
corporation, and a holding corporation as defined in Section 23701h
holding title for the benefit of any of these corporations, or any
combination thereof (including any transfer from one entity to the
same type of entity), provided that both the transferee and
transferor are regulated by laws, rules, regulations, or canons of
the same religious denomination.
(l) Any transfer, that would otherwise be a transfer subject to
reappraisal under this chapter, between or among the same parties for
the purpose of correcting or reforming a deed to express the true
intentions of the parties, provided that the original relationship
between the grantor and grantee is not changed.
(m) Any intrafamily transfer of an eligible dwelling unit from a
parent or parents or legal guardian or guardians to a minor child or
children or between or among minor siblings as a result of a court
order or judicial decree due to the death of the parent or parents.
As used in this subdivision, "eligible dwelling unit" means the
dwelling unit that was the principal place of residence of the minor
child or children prior to the transfer and remains the principal
place of residence of the minor child or children after the transfer.
(n) Any transfer of an eligible dwelling unit, whether by will,
devise, or inheritance, from a parent or parents to a child or
children, or from a guardian or guardians to a ward or wards, if the
child, children, ward, or wards have been disabled, as provided in
subdivision (d) of Section 12304 of the Welfare and Institutions
Code, for at least five years preceding the transfer and if the
child, children, ward, or wards have adjusted gross income that, when
combined with the adjusted gross income of a spouse or spouses,
parent or parents, and child or children, does not exceed twenty
thousand dollars ($20,000) in the year in which the transfer occurs.
As used in this subdivision, "child" or "ward" includes a minor or an
adult. As used in this subdivision, "eligible dwelling unit" means
the dwelling unit that was the principal place of residence of the
child or children, or ward or wards for at least five years preceding
the transfer and remains the principal place of residence of the
child or children, or ward or wards after the transfer. Any
transferee whose property was reassessed in contravention of the
provisions of this subdivision for the 1984-85 assessment year shall
obtain a reversal of that reassessment upon application to the county
assessor of the county in which the property is located. Application
by the transferee shall be made to the assessor no later than 30
days after the later of either the transferee's receipt of notice of
reassessment pursuant to Section 75.31 or the end of the 1984-85
(o) Any transfer of a possessory interest in tax-exempt real
property subject to a sublease with a remaining term, including
renewal options, that exceeds half the length of the remaining term
of the leasehold, including renewal options.
(p) (1) Commencing on January 1, 2000, any transfer between
registered domestic partners, as defined in Section 297 of the Family
Code, including, but not limited to:
(A) Transfers to a trustee for the beneficial use of a registered
domestic partner, or the surviving registered domestic partner of a
deceased transferor, or by a trustee of such a trust to the
registered domestic partner of the trustor.
(B) Transfers that take effect upon the death of a registered
(C) Transfers to a registered domestic partner or former
registered domestic partner in connection with a property settlement
agreement or decree of dissolution of a registered domestic
partnership or legal separation.
(D) The creation, transfer, or termination, solely between
registered domestic partners, of any coowner's interest.
(E) The distribution of a legal entity's property to a registered
domestic partner or former registered domestic partner in exchange
for the interest of the registered domestic partner in the legal
entity in connection with a property settlement agreement or a decree
of dissolution of a registered domestic partnership or legal
(2) Any transferee whose property was reassessed in contravention
of the provisions of this subdivision for a transfer occurring
between January 1, 2000, and January 1, 2006, shall obtain a reversal
of that reassessment upon application to the county assessor of the
county in which the property is located. Application by the
transferee shall be made to the assessor no later than June 30, 2009.
A county may charge a fee for its costs related to the application
and reassessment reversal in an amount that does not exceed the
actual costs incurred. This paragraph shall be liberally construed to
provide the benefits of this subdivision and Article XIII A of the
California Constitution to registered domestic partners.
(A) After consultation with the California Assessors' Association,
the State Board of Equalization shall prescribe the form for
claiming the reassessment reversal described in paragraph (2). The
claim form shall be entitled "Claim for Reassessment Reversal for
Registered Domestic Partners." The claim shall state on its face that
a "certificate of registered domestic partnership" is available upon
request from the California Secretary of State.
(B) The information on the claim shall include a description of
the property, the parties to the transfer of interest in the
property, the date of the transfer of interest in the property, and a
statement that the transferee registered domestic partner and the
transferor registered domestic partner were, on the date of transfer,
in a registered domestic partnership as defined in Section 297 of
the Family Code.
(C) The claimant shall declare that the information provided on
the form is true, correct, and complete to the best of his or her
knowledge and belief.
(D) The claimant shall provide with the completed claim the
"Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership," or photocopy
thereof, naming the transferee and transferor as registered domestic
partners and reflecting the creation of the registered domestic
partnership on a date prior to, or concurrent with, the date of the
transfer for which a reassessment reversal is requested.
(E) Any reassessment reversal granted pursuant to a claim shall
apply commencing with the lien date of the assessment year, as
defined in Section 118, in which the claim is filed. No refunds shall
be made under this paragraph for any prior assessment year.
(F) Under any reassessment reversal granted pursuant to that
claim, the adjusted full cash value of the subject real property in
the assessment year described in subparagraph (E) shall be the
adjusted base year value of the subject real property in the
assessment year in which the excluded purchase or transfer took
place, factored to the assessment year described in subparagraph (E)
for both of the following:
(i) Inflation as annually determined in accordance with paragraph
(1) of subdivision (a) of Section 51.
(ii) Any subsequent new construction occurring with respect to the
subject real property.
Last modified: February 16, 2015