Date
11 December 2017
An unauthorized leak in the property registration system has turned it into a nightmare for certain Chinese officials. Photo: Bloomberg
An unauthorized leak in the property registration system has turned it into a nightmare for certain Chinese officials. Photo: Bloomberg

China unlikely to open real estate registration system to public

China is unlikely to open a long-awaited real estate registration system to the public to enable people to look up properties owned by officials.

An official from the housing ministry said the government is not about to do that anytime soon, 21st Century Business Herald reported Tuesday.

The controversial feature is not in a draft of the new policy obtained by the newspaper. The draft, dated May 6, is said to be similar to a version submitted to the State Council for approval.

Several Chinese cities have been rushing regulations on public inquiries about property information and restricting searches by name.

Yancheng city in Jiangsu province said certain individual housing/property information was released irregularly in some areas, leading residents to worry about the safety of their private information.

The incident has turned the housing information system into a nightmare for some government officials, according to media reports.

In 2008, the central government changed the system to allow individuals and employers to inquire about certain property registration records such as basic status and mortgage details.

They could then make a copy of the information.

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