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add someone on title/deed

Myself and my wife are on title of home in CA. Only I am on mortgage loan.
Do I need consent of my wife to add my parents to title and deed?

Asked on June 14, 2018 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you do. If your wife and you are both on the title, you are both owners. One owner has no right to reduce the other owner's owership of or interest in the property without her consent. Currently, you would be 50-50 owners--your wife is half owner. If your parents are added, then there are 4 owners, so her interest is only a one-quarter interest. You cannot reduce her interest from 1/2 to 1/4 without her consent.


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