This standard grant deed form is used in California to transfer ownership from the grantor (the person who grants the property) to the grantee (the person who receives the interest in the property).
Grant deed form
What’s the difference between a grant deed and quit claim deed?
In a grant deed, the grantor transfers ownership in the property to the grantee and guarantees that he or she actually owns the property. Under California law, a grant deed contains two implied warranties: (1) the grantor has not conveyed the same interest in the property to someone else; and (2) the property being conveyed is free from any encumbrances (such as mortgage loan) that the grantor has control over. In contrast, in a quitclaim deed, the grantor merely gives up whatever rights he or she has or does not have to a property, and there are no implied warranties whatsoever.
How do I file a grant deed?
Complete the grant deed and have it signed by the grantor, whose signature should be notarized. The deed can then be taken in person or mailed to the recorder’s office in the county where the property is located, along with the applicable fee. The filing of a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report form may also be required to be filed, along with a fee. For all of the filing requirements, check with the County Assessor’s Office website for the county where the property is located.