Code of Civil Procedure 873.220 CCP – Allotment of Improvements (Partition In-Kind)

California Code of Civil Procedure 873.220 is the California partition statute that determines how a property will be divided in a partition in-kind so as to embrace improvements made to the property by that party. The statute provides that:

As far as practical, and to the extent it can be done without material injury to the rights of the other parties, the property shall be so divided as to allot to a party any portion that embraces improvements made by that party or that party’s predecessor in interest. In such division and allotment, the value of such improvements shall be excluded.

California Code of Civil Procedure 873.220

What this statute means is the co-owner that made the improvements will generally be awarded a portion of the property that includes said improvements when the division is made by the referee under CCP 873.210.

Statute Generally Applies in Partition In-Kind

A cursory reading of this statute might imply that compensation for improvements in partition actions can be applied to different manners of partition, such as partitions in kind and partitions by sale.

However, a review of where this statute falls in the Code of Civil Procedure reveals that it is listed under Chapter 5 entitled “Division of the Property,” which is synonymous with partition in-kind. This is shown below to reflect the other statutes related to in-kind distribution in a partition.

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