A Tenants in Common (Joint Ownership) Agreement allows you to set out the terms and conditions of the relationship between the joint owners up front. It provides you with a clear document which you can refer to at any time and have recourse to if needed. It also allows you to address issues you may not have previously considered when deciding to purchase the property thereby providing a way of dealing harmoniously with unexpected issues should they arise.
The term “tenants in common” refers to a type of co-ownership, describing how the property is owned. Joint tenancy is another type of co-ownership.
The biggest difference between joint tenants and tenants in common is the property rights in the event of a death of one of the co-owners.
In a Joint Tenancy , when a co-owner dies their share of the property passes to the other owner/s. It is common for married couples, for example, to own their property as ‘joint tenants’ with their spouse.
Where property is held as ‘tenants in common’, the share of a deceased co-owner will be dealt with according to their last will and testament, or if they die without a will, according to the rules of the state.
This is the main reason Tenancy in Common is much more often found than Joint Tenancy.
Yes and no. The Agreement Between Tenants in Common allows co-owners to sell or otherwise dispose of their portion of the property, but usually not without first offering their fellow co-owners a chance to buy their interest. This ‘right of first refusal’ is often included in such agreements to allow the co-owners a chance to match the price the seller would get from the prospective buyer. The manner of notice and acceptance of these offers should be clearly stated and described.
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The Tenants in Common Kit contains 3 types of agreement to cover the most popular arrangements between joint owners. These are:-
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