If 2 people own a piece of property but 1 actually pays the taxes, does it belong to that person?

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If 2 people own a piece of property but 1 actually pays the taxes, does it belong to that person?

Asked on February 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No.  Paying the taxes does not in and of itself give you ownership rights.  If both of you are on the deed then both of you own the property.  Now, both of you have the obligation to pay the txes on the property.  So if only one of you is paying then he or she has the right to sue the other for the money paid out.  Good luck. 


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