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Who is Responsible for Injuries on Jointly Owned Property

Who is Responsible for Injuries on Jointly Owned Property?

Understanding the responsibilities of co-owners can help you protect yourself in cases where negligent ownership causes injuries to your real property. The general legal principle is that co-owners are liable for injuries on jointly owned property regardless of whether the injury is a result of willful actions or lack of ordinary care when managing the … Read More

Civil Code § 843 - Concurrent ownership; Ouster; Procedure; Damages (Partition Action)

Civil Code § 843 – Concurrent ownership; Ouster; Procedure; Damages (Partition Action)

California Civil Code 843 is the California partition statute that addresses concurrent ownership, ouster, and damages related thereto in a partition action. The statute provides that: (a) If real property is owned concurrently by two or more persons, a tenant out of possession may establish an ouster from possession by a tenant in possession in … Read More

Assumptions in Partition Actions

Mortgage Assumptions in Partition Actions

An assumable mortgage is one where the buyer assumes the existing mortgage of the seller. When the mortgage is assumed, the seller is often no longer responsible for the debt. As it relates to co-ownership, the buying co-owner would thus assume the full liability for the mortgage, thereby relieving the selling co-owner. One reason buyers … Read More

Can I Partition a Rental Property With Tenants

Can I Partition a Rental Property With Tenants?

An investment property with tenants can be partitioned, but some unique issues can arise during a partition of a tenant-occupied property. These cases can involve rented single-family homes, or they can be the partition of commercial properties, including apartments, office buildings, or industrial properties. When a rental property becomes the subject of a partition action, … Read More

Probate Code 9823 – Partition Actions (Personal Representatives)

California Probate Code § 9823 is the California partition statute that addresses the relation between partition actions and probate matters. The statute provides that: (a) If the decedent leaves an undivided interest in any property, an action for partition of the property may be brought against the personal representative. (b) The personal representative may bring … Read More

Recovering Repairs and Improvements in a Partition Action

Recovering Repairs and Improvements in a Partition Action

Co-owner often seek to recover their unequal payments relating to the repairs and improvements to the co-owned property in a partition action. While the law sometimes conflates repairs and improvements, the law favors improvements, but may not always allow ordinary repairs to be recovered in a partition action. The Law on Recovery of Repairs and … Read More

How Do I Waive the Right to Partition

Did I Accidentally Waive My Right to Partition?

While it is possible for a co-owner to waive the right to partition a property, it is a rarely seen and cannot happen accidentally. It is important to remember that the law as to a “waiver” of the right to partition limits the co-owner’s free alienability in their contractual rights. Because of this, California courts … Read More

Are There Any Specific Rules for Partitioning Agricultural Land

Are There Any Specific Rules for Partitioning Agricultural Land?

Different types of land can bring different challenges in a partition action. Agricultural land is no exception. This is especially true given the diverse agricultural industries throughout California, producing nearly $50 billion in revenue in 2018 alone, shown below: Unique Aspects of Agricultural Partition Actions Due to the unique nature of farmland and the variation … Read More

Can a Partition Action Be Avoided Through Negotiation?

Can a Partition Action Be Avoided Through Negotiation?

In any legal setting, if parties are able to come to an agreement before or during litigation, everyone wins. In the context of co-ownership disputes, this is equally true. With over 100 partition actions currently pending throughout California, Talkov Law’s dedicated partition attorneys have helped to solve co-ownership disputes with hundreds of co-owners. While some opposing parties are amenable … Read More

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