Buying a property in Jersey is a process governed by a strict set of laws.
Under the Control of the ‘Housing and Work Law’ there are four categories which determine where you can work and live. The current qualifying period for obtaining housing qualifications is 10 years. All properties which were previously A-H, A-J and A-K, also known as freehold, flying freehold or share transfer are now ‘qualified’. In general all other property is ‘registered’ which is also known as ‘unqualified’.
In general residential status regulations are broken down into the following 4 categories:
Entitled: previously A-H Category
Licensed: previously J Category
Entitled to work: previously Non-Qualified
Registered: previously Non-Qualified
Registration cards ..These are necessary for anyone wanting to buy or lease a property in Jersey. Your residential status will be printed on your registration card. Registration cards have replaced Social Security cards and will show your name, Social Security number, residential and employment status and the card’s expiry date. You will need to obtain your registration card from the Social Security Department located on La Motte Street in St Helier. You will require photographic I.D and possibly other documentation if you are not Jersey born or if you have not applied for Housing before.
Further information of Jersey’s housing law can be found on the States of Jersey website