What does – not tenants in common, but joint tenants – what does that mean?

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What does – not tenants in common, but joint tenants – what does that mean?

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Asked on February 16, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

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M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

This has to do with how property is held and what rights stem from such designations. The designation is not used for an apartment for rent, but rather property owned. The "tenants in common" label provides for inheritance rights for the heirs/beneficiaries of a deceased tenant in common.

In other words, when such a tenant dies, their interest does not automatically pass to the other owner but instead is transferred to their estate. This is in contrast to when with people take title as joint tenants on a deed. If, for example, 2 people are on the deed as "joint tenants" and 1 of them dies, the other person automatically owns 100% of the property. This is because a joint tenancy automatically gives each person the "right of survivorship" whereby the survivor takes all. If this happens, the remaining owner should still consult with a title specialist to make sure the title is clear should they decide to sell later on. 

In a joint tenancy, one side can generally sell their interest with the right paperwork. Then rent payment and other factors may come into play. If you're doing this, a request for service with a title expert is essential.

For more information you can check online, or consult directly with a local reals estate attorney who can best advise you further having heard all of the details of your situation.


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