Rental matters: According to the relevant provisions of China, in order to safeguard national security, social order, or other public interest, city and county public security bureau can prohibit aliens or foreign institutions from establishing residence or office in some area. Only local public security bureau approved real estate can be rented to aliens. In general, aliens can not rent apartments from ordinary residential districts or domestic sales of commercial housing for domestic sales; in some cities such restrictions are gradually getting relaxed.
Purchase matters: Aliens can purchase commercial housing in China in accordance with related Chinese laws. The property purchased by aliens in China is regarded as private property, and the owner shall register his/her property at the local real estate management authority within the prescribed period in order to obtain the property right certificate.