Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2014
Property Tax Annotations
220.0000 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP
220.0624 Sale and Leaseback Transactions. In a situation where a purchaser of property leases it back to the seller for his/her lifetime, there is a change in ownership. The transaction is different than one in which the seller transfers title while reserving a life estate. In the latter instance, the seller retains all present interest in the property.
Even though a sale is conditioned upon a lease back, contains a prescription against a resale without the lessee's approval, and contains prohibitions preventing the purchaser from using the property or raising the rent, the transfer should result in a reappraisal. These contractual limitations do not qualify as enforceable restrictions that are governmentally imposed and required to be taken into account by Revenue and Taxation Code section 402.1. C 12/22/1987.