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What is Tenancy in Common?

California recognizes different forms of property co-ownership, the most common and default of which is tenants in common. California Civil Code 682 recognizes “ownership of property by several persons” in these forms: (a) Of joint interest. (b) Of partnership interests. (c) Of interests in common. (d) Of community interest of spouses. This article specifically focuses on tenants in common as the … Read More

What Does a Partition Lawyer Do?

Partition Lawyers: What do they do?

A partition attorney plays a pivotal role in navigating the intricacies of ending real property co-ownership relationships, offering legal representation and strategic advice to secure a fair and equitable outcome for their clients. If discussions about managing the jointly owned property are not being taken seriously by your co-owner, retaining a partition attorney equips you … Read More

Do a Majority of the Co-Owners Need to Support a Partition Action

Is a Majority Vote Needed to File a Partition Action?

No. A common misconception is that a majority of the ownership interests are needed for a court to compel the sale of a jointly-owned property in a partition. This belief is entirely incorrect. Any owner, regardless of their ownership percentage, can initiate the sale of the property, whether they hold 99% or merely 1% of … Read More

My Co-owner Filed a Partition Action Against Me – What Now?

Facing a partition action from a co-owner can be stressful and confusing. It usually means there’s a disagreement on how to handle or sell a property you both own. Partition actions spring from a myriad of situations, reflecting the diverse and complex relationships property co-owners can have. Whether it’s a disagreement among heirs, a dispute … Read More

Can a Co-Owner Buy the Property in the Partition Action

Can a Co-Owner Buy the Property in the Partition Action?

Yes. While co-owners have the opportunity to purchase each other’s shares, navigating this path can introduce potential disputes and requires adherence to specific state laws and court procedures aimed at co-owners seeking to acquire interests. Exploring the feasibility of a co-owner purchasing property in a partition action merges legal intricacies and strategic considerations within the … Read More

Tricks to Remove Co-Owner from House Title

Tricks to Remove Co-Owner from House Title

The law allows any co-owner to remove another co-owner on the property title with or without their agreement through a quiet title action, or partition action, and by a deed with agreement. By Agreement – A Deed from the Co-Owner While it may seem obvious, a co-owner can be removed from the title to the … 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

Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act Definitions CCP 874.312

Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in California (2022)

The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) was a law that was enacted January 1, 2022. It was originally introduced into California’s legislature as Assembly Bill No. 633 and was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom signed in July 2021. The UPHPA provided defendants in a partition action added opportunities to buy out their co-owners. … Read More

What is the Partition of Real Property Act in California?

Formerly known as the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act The Partition of Real Property Act in California is a newly-implemented law that expands upon the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act to give non-partitioning parties additional opportunities to buy out their co-owners. Essentially, the Partition of Real Property Act creates a right of first … Read More

SB 9 Lot Splits in a Partition Action

Prior to California’s enactment of SB 9, also known as the California HOME Act, a single-family home in a partition action would almost certainly be sold since division of the property would not be allowed under zoning laws requiring certain lot sizes. However, SB 9, which became effective in 2022, mandates that cities approve certain … Read More

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