Renters now get­ting house­hold reg­is­tra­tion in sec­ond-tier cities

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Many sec­ond-tier cities have launched poli­cies to give ten­ants house­hold reg­is­tra­tion ( hukou), a move to at­tract high­end tal­ent, China Na­tional Ra­dio re­ported on Sun­day.

The move also led a wide dis­cus­sion among Chi­nese over whether ten­ants will be able to en­joy the same pub­lic ser­vices af­ter they get hukou as lo­cal res­i­dents, said the re­port.

Wuxi, a sec­ond-tier city in East China’s Jiangsu Prov­ince, an­nounced on Fri­day that le­gal ten­ants who have paid ur­ban so­cial in­sur­ance and had res­i­dent per­mits for five years are al­lowed to get ur­ban hukou.

To some ex­tent, the move could at­tract high-end tal­ent, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, cit­ing Shen Xun, vice chair­man of Wuxi Real Es­tate In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tions.

Be­sides Wuxi, some other sec­ond-tier cities in­clud­ing Zhengzhou, cap­i­tal of Cen­tral China’s He­nan Prov­ince, Yangzhou in Jiangsu, and Ji­nan, cap­i­tal of East China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince all in­tro­duced sim­i­lar poli­cies to al­low ten­ants to ob­tain house­hold reg­is­tra­tion, said the re­port.

Ex­perts noted that it would be a trend in the fu­ture that more le­gal ten­ants will get ur­ban hukou in the coun­try.

But most Chi­nese have their con­cerns over whether the ten­ants will be able to en­joy the same pub­lic ser­vices as lo­cal res­i­dents.

Ten­ants have the de­mand for the same treat­ment “in ed­u­ca­tion, med­i­cal treat­ment and pub­lic health,” said the re­port, cit­ing Liu Weimin, a real es­tate re­search fel­low of the De­vel­op­ment Re­search Cen­ter of the State Coun­cil.

For in­stance, many par­ents hope their chil­dren can study in good schools. Home own­er­ship is a key re­quire­ment in the school al­lo­ca­tion sys­tem of many cities in China, as most school en­roll­ment is de­ter­mined mainly by the lo­ca­tion of the stu­dents’ home.

In that case, ten­ants who have no home own­er­ship still can­not en­joy the same treat­ment as lo­cal res­i­dents.

On July 17, the gov­ern­ment of Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince, an­nounced that it will of­fer rental ten­ants the same rights as hous­ing own­ers to ed­u­ca­tional ac­cess, tax re­bates and mon­e­tary sup­port.

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