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TIC Agreements (Tenant-in-Common)

A TIC agreement, short for tenants in common agreement, is becoming a popular method for co-ownership in California, often converting a single property into a townhome with multiple units occupied by unrelated co-owners. Popular for decades in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Times recently reported that the trend has headed to LA where developers are … Read More

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

Unclear Ownership Interests on Deeds with Multiple Co-Owners

Unclear Ownership Interests on Deeds with Multiple Co-Owners

Many deeds convey an interest to three or more co-owners with no indication of the fractional ownership interest of each co-owner. These deeds raise the question of the relative co-ownership, creating complications when legal issues such as partition actions arise. There are several key factors to look at when a deed is unclear that help … Read More

Damages for Ouster California Partition Action Law Attorney

Damages for Ouster in California Partition Actions

Co-ownership of property often involves a delicate balance of rights and responsibilities among the owners. However, this equilibrium can be disrupted when one co-owner oversteps their bounds, leading to a situation termed “ouster.” An ouster occurs when one co-owner unlawfully excludes another from the property, effectively seizing sole benefits of ownership while circumventing its associated … Read More

Can a Co-Owner Trespass on Jointly Owned Property?

Co-owners who disagree about how to use co-owned property often find themselves in toxic co-ownership relationships. Ending the co-ownership relationship via a partition action, or the forced sale of jointly owned property, can benefit all co-owners in the long run. However, while the property remains co-owned, it’s not uncommon for issues to arise regarding who … Read More

Notice of Ouster Civil Code § 843 California Partition Lawyer Action Co-Ownership

What is a Notice of Ouster? (Civil Code § 843)

A notice of ouster is a demand to the co-owner in possession for concurrent possession of the property issued by a tenant out of possession. The law requires that “[t]he written demand shall make specific reference to this section [Civil Code § 843] and to the time within which concurrent possession must be offered under … Read More

Can a person move into my jointly owned home without my permission

Can a Person Move Into My Jointly Owned Home Without My Permission?

Access rights to jointly owned property A common issue with co-ownership is whether the co-owners can allow third parties to move into the property as roommates. For example, perhaps your co-owner decides to rent out an extra room. Or perhaps they allow their boyfriend or girlfriend to move in. Or maybe they allow an unwanted family member … Read More

Evicting Co-Owner California Real Estate Property Partition Lawyer

Can You Evict a Co-owner of a House?

Co-Owner’s Right to Evict Their Co-Owner Co-ownership can present many headaches, including shared expenses, sharing a common space, and, most importantly, agreeing when to sell the property. Co-owners might be wondering how to evict a co-owner when there is confusion as to who has the right to live in a co-ownership home. Unfortunately for co-owners … Read More

Co-Owner's Rights to Lease and Evict Tenants

Can One Owner Lease Out Property that is Jointly Owned?

A common issue with co-ownership is how to manage rented property. Notably, many times only one of the co-owners allows a third party to lease the co-owned property without the consent or over the objection of the other co-owners. As explained below, the law is that each co-owner may lease the property, but doing so … Read More

What is a Partition Action?

A partition action is a lawsuit that forces the sale or division of jointly owned real property. The court will equitably divide the interests of all the co-owners even if one or more co-owners does not agree to the sale or division. This division generally involves division of the proceeds of sale. What is Partition … Read More

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