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Alameda County Quit Claim Deed Form Page 1
Quit Claim Deed Form - Alameda County
Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included | Document last updated 7/18/2017

Alameda County Quit Claim Deed Guide Page 1
Quit Claim Deed Guide - Alameda County
Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included | Document last updated 7/21/2017

Alameda County Completed Example of the Quit Claim Deed Document Page 1
Completed Example of the Quit Claim Deed Document - Alameda County
Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included | Document last updated 7/19/2017

Preliminary Change of Ownership
Preliminary Change of Ownership *
Included supplemental form
This is a required form in Alameda, County due at the time of filing. There is a $20.00 penalty fee for noncompliance.

Parent to Child Exclusion
Parent to Child Exclusion *
Included supplemental form
Transferring property from parent to child is exempt from transfer tax in California. This form is for a property reassessment exclusion in Alameda County and could prevent an increase in property taxes.

Grandparent to Grandchild Exclusion
Grandparent to Grandchild Exclusion *
Included supplemental form
Transferring property from grandparent to grandchild is exempt from transfer tax in California. This form is for a property reassessment exclusion in Alameda County and could prevent an increase in property taxes.

Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner
Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner *
Included supplemental form
This form is used by the personal representative of the deceased property owner, who files this statement with the Alameda County Assessor to request a Completed Change in Ownership Statement.

Affidavit of Cotenant Residency
Affidavit of Cotenant Residency *
Included supplemental form
If a real property transfer from one cotenant to the other is the result of the death of one of them, the transfer may not constitute a change in ownership, provided it meets the criteria listed on the form. This form is used by the surviving cotenant to claim exclusion from reassessment, which could prevent an increase in property taxes.

Transfer Tax Exemptions
Transfer Tax Exemptions *
Included supplemental form
If the conveyance is exempt, the R&T Code of the exemption and a brief explanation must be included. These pages list exemption codes and their respective explanations.

Notary Certificates
Notary Certificates *
Included supplemental form
The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by California notaries.

*Supplemental forms (forms other than the actual deed form) are made available as a courtesy with your order. Supplemental forms come directly from the state or local jurisdiction that requires them, we offer no support for the supplemental forms, we did not make them.
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    • A guide that explains every blank on the Quit Claim Deed Form.
    • A completed example of the Quit Claim Deed to give you an idea of what a properly completed document looks like.
    • All supplemental forms that may be required by Alameda County when recording your document.
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What is the California Quit Claim Deed?

Quitclaim deeds in California are initially defined by Civ. Code, §§ 1092, 1104-1107, 1113, and further in Gov. Code §§ 27279-27297.7, 27320-27337.

Content:
Each document submitted for recording should have the title near the top of the first page (Gov. Code § 27324). Include the name and address of the individual requesting recording as well as a name and return address for use after the quitclaim deed is recorded. Provide the name and address of the individual or entity to receive tax bills at the bottom of the first page. (Gov. Code §§ 27321.5, 27361.6). In addition, every quit claim deed must contain the name and address of everyone with an ownership interest in the property. Be certain to present the names in exactly the same way they’re found on the prior deed. If there are any unrecorded changes, provide the original and new names like this: Jane Doe, formerly known as Jane Smith. See Gov. Code § 27288.1.

Any document which modifies, releases, or cancels the provisions of a previously recorded document shall state the recorder identification number or the book and page of the document being modified, released, or canceled. (Gov. Code § 27361.6). Additionally, Gov. Code § 27280.5 requires that the names of parties required to be indexed appearing in any instrument, paper, or notice presented for recordation should be legibly typed or printed near the signature. The names of all persons executing or witnessing a document shall be legibly signed or shall be typed or printed to the side of or below the signature.
While not specifically discussed in the statutes, a valid quit claim deed should also include, at minimum, a complete legal description of the property and the name, address, and vesting choice of the grantee.

Recording:
Note that Gov. Code § 27293 requires that quit claim deeds in languages other than English are not suitable for recording. Civ. Code § 1169 states that quit claim deeds must be recorded by the County Recorder of the county in which the conveyed real estate is situated.
Civ. Code §§ 1213-1214 discuss California’s recording statute, which is classified as "race-notice." Basically, the first bona fide purchaser….will prevail over an earlier purchaser who failed to record the conveyance. So, despite Civ. Code §1217, which states that "an unrecorded instrument is valid as between the parties thereto and those who have notice thereof," just because the parties on the quit claim deed know about it, their knowledge does NOT constitute constructive notice to the public. Therefore, RECORD THE QUIT CLAIM DEED as soon as possible after executing it. This protects the interests of all parties.

Gov. Code § 27361.6 formalizes some formatting requirements: The top right 2 ½" X 5" corner is reserved for the Recorder’s use only. The top left 2 ½" X 3 ½" corner is reserved for the name of the person requesting recording and a return name and address. The title of the document must appear on the first page immediately below the space reserved for the Recorder.

Areas covered by these Quit Claim Deed Forms:
  • Alameda County
Including:
  • Alameda
  • Albany
  • Berkeley
  • Castro Valley
  • Dublin
  • Emeryville
  • Fremont
  • Hayward
  • Livermore
  • Newark
  • Oakland
  • Piedmont
  • Pleasanton
  • San Leandro
  • San Lorenzo
  • Sunol
  • Union City
 
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