You can co-own property with other people in one of two ways:
* As joint tenants; or
* As tenants in common
Where co-owners of property are tenants in common, each of the co-owners has a
separate share of the property. The shares can be in any proportion, so they can
be equal or unequal.
Unlike in a joint tenancy, when one tenant in common dies their share in
property can be passed on under their will, just like other assets.
Property can be co-owned in two ways:
* As joint tenants; or
* As tenants in common
Where property is co-owned by joint tenants each of them owns the whole property
and (while they remain joint tenants) the property cannot be shared between
Property which is owned by joint tenants is not inherited under a will. When one
joint tenant dies their share of the property goes to the surviving joint
tenant(s) and the survivors then own the whole property – even if the deceased’s
will says so
There are a number of rules which apply to how your home will be dealt with if
you die without a will. What happens will depend on how you own the property:
As sole owner:
If you are the sole owner of the property, without a will your property would
form part of your estate and be distributed according to the rules of intestacy.
As a tenant in common:
If your home is owned on a tenants in common basis with someone else your share
of the property will form part of your estate. Again, without a
Your property is essentially dealt with just like any other asset that you own.
However, there are some additional considerations if you own property together
with someone else.
When you buy a property with someone else you can own it in one of two ways:
1. As joint tenants.
2. As tenants in common.
How you co-own your home will affect how it can be treated in your will.
Where property is owned by joint tenants each owns an equal share in the whole
property and the property c
Whilst most of your assets and possessions can be left to anyone you choose,
there are a number of things which fall outside the scope of your will and will
be disregarded, no matter what you request.
Items which can’t be included:
* Joint bank accounts – any funds in these accounts will automatically go to
the surviving account holder.
* Any property held as a joint tenancy – your half of the property will
automatically go to the surviving joint tenant. See our ‘Your home and your
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