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The State Council said on Tuesday that it will send eight teams later this month to inspect the implementation of property policies as local authorities come up with various ways to relax property curbs.
The move aims to "further ensure that the property regulation measures are implemented, speculative housing demand is curbed, and to strengthen the effects of the property regulation measures", the State Council said in a statement.
The teams will go to 16 municipalities and provinces, to inspect how well policies on housing purchase limits and differential credit have been carried out, and check the supply and management of residential land and the implementation of tax policies, it said.
The municipalities and provinces include Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hebei, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian, according to the statement.
The inspection teams will urge regions where the property regulation measures are not strictly followed to rectify the situation, it said.
The move came just one day after Nanjing, the capital city of East China's Jiangsu province, proposed to promote the property market by offering favorable housing provident fund loans to first-time homebuyers and subsidizing purchases by "qualified professionals".
The city will also allocate as much as 2 billion yuan ($313 million) in provident fund loans to affordable housing construction by the end of the year, it said.
Yin Xiaobo, director of the Jiangsu branch of China Realty Research Center, said the policy could be seen as a way to ease the restrictions in the city's property market.
"It's a signal that local governments are trying to further boost the property market," Eric Zhang, a Beijing-based property analyst at China International Capital Co, the country's biggest investment bank, wrote in a note to clients on Monday.
"No major relaxation of the curbs could be accepted at the moment by the central government for now, so Nanjing has chosen to support first-time buyers and affordable housing."