Code of Civil Procedure 874.120 – Lien; Priority (Costs of Partition)

California Code of Civil Procedure 874.120 is the California partition statute that addresses the cost of a partition action as a lien against a co-owner’s interest in the property. The statute provides that:

(a) The costs shall be a lien on the share of the party specified.

(b) A lien imposed by this section has priority over any other lien on the share except those imposed under this section.

California Code of Civil Procedure 874.120

According to Miller & Starr: “Generally, the court apportions the costs of partition among the co-owners in proportion to their interest in the property, or as it otherwise deems equitable, and the costs become a lien on each parties’ share.” Right of partition—Decree of partition, 4 Cal. Real Est. § 11:18 (4th ed.); see California Code of Civil Procedure 874.040.

Law Revision Commission Comments to California Code of Civil Procedure § 874.120

In 1976, the California Law Revision Commission explained California Code of Civil Procedure § 874.120 as follows:

Subdivision (a) of Section 874.120 continues a portion of former Sections 796 and 798. Subdivision (b) is derived from former Section 769.

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