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Is there a statute of limitations on a partition action

Is There a Statute of Limitations on a Partition Action?

Some co-owners in California wonder if there are any limitations on the time to file a partition action. For example, suppose a co-owner moved out of a property 20 years ago and never paid the taxes. Does that mean that they are no longer a co-owner? As explained below, co-owners do not lose their status … Read More

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Can I Collect Rental Value from my Co-Owner in a Partition Action?

It has been well established that co-owners do not forfeit co-ownership rights if they have moved out of a jointly owned property. However, issues can still arise quickly in a partition action when a co-owner in possession (the co-owner who resides at or primarily manages a property) feels that the co-owner out of possession (the … Read More

What Is an Answer to a Partition Action

What is an Answer to a Partition Action?

Answer to a Partition Action Complaint in California When an action for partition is filed, the opposing party has an opportunity to respond to this action by filing an answer. An answer to a partition action is a pleading by the defendant in response to the plaintiff’s complaint for partition. In the answer, defendants have … Read More

Co-Owner's Rights to Lease and Evict Tenants

Co-Owner’s Rights to Lease and Evict Tenants

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

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What is an Ouster?

Co-ownership of property can raise many questions about the rights of each owner to the common property. Conversely, that co-ownership relationship can sour, causing one co-owner to seek the benefits of sole ownership- the right to exclude others- without the detriments of sole ownership- paying the full price for the property. What can result is … Read More

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Wallace v. Daley – Accounting in California Partition Actions

Wallace v. Daley (1990) 220 Cal.App. 3d 1028 Perhaps the most frequently cited case in all of California partition law is Wallace v. Daley (1990) 220 Cal.App. 3d 1028, which sets forth the general principle that every partition will include an accounting of offsets. The famous quote from Wallace v. Daley is that: Every partition … Read More

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Affirmative Defenses to a Partition Action in California

When Two People Own Property, But One Person Doesn’t Want to Sell Tricks To Save Your House in a Partition Action An experienced partition attorney in California may often be asked whether there are affirmative defenses to a partition under California law. Of course, every defendant wants to win a partition action. While some people … Read More

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Partition Offsets and Accounting in California

Receiving your equity when forcing the sale of a home in California When co-owners of shared property in California cannot agree on what to do with a property, they may petition the court to force the sale of the property through a partition action. Very often, co-ownership issues go hand-in-hand with financial issues related to … Read More

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