Co-Ownership

How Realtors Can Force the Sale of Co-Owned Property

How Realtors Can Force the Sale of Co-owned Property in California

Can Realtors assist their clients in selling a co-owned property? As a Realtor, you may have come across situations in which a disagreeable co-owner disrupts an otherwise easy sale. Your client may have his or her heart set on selling the home but is unable to do so without the signature of the uncooperative co-owner. … Read More

Is there a statute of limitations on a partition action

Is There a Statute of Limitations on a Partition Action?

Some co-owners in California wonder if there are any limitations on the time to file a partition action. For example, suppose a co-owner moved out of a property 20 years ago and never paid the taxes. Does that mean that they are no longer a co-owner? As explained below, co-owners do not lose their status … Read More

Code of Civil Procedure 874.320 Court Ordered Open-Market Sale; Sealed Bids; Auction

Code of Civil Procedure 874.320 CCP – Court ordered open-market sale; sealed bids; auction (Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act)

California Code of Civil Procedure 874.320 the California partition statute that explains the details of how a court will sell a property under the California Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. The statute states the following: (a) If the court orders a sale of heirs property, the sale shall be an open-market sale unless the court finds … Read More

California - Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act

Partition of Real Property Act – California – The Ultimate Guide (Formerly known as the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act)

What is the Partition of Real Property Act (Formerly Known as the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA)) in California? The Partition of Real Property Act is a new bill that will go into effect on January 1, 2023 which replaces the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. The Act allows for added opportunities … Read More

Code of Civil Procedure 873.770 CCP – Taking Setoff from Party Purchaser (Partition Actions)

Code of Civil Procedure 873.770 CCP – Taking Setoff from Party Purchaser (Partition Actions)

California Code of Civil Procedure 873.770 is the California partition statute that explains how the partition referee will distribute proceeds of sale when the purchaser is also a party entitled to some of the proceeds of sale, i.e., when credit bidding may be available. The statute provides that: Where the purchaser is a party or … Read More

Milian v. De Leon true joint tenancy in partition actions

Milian v. De Leon – True Joint Tenancy in a Partition Action

Milian v. De Leon (1986) 181 Cal.App. 3d 1185, 1195 Milian v. De Leon is one of the most fascinating cases in California partition actions in that it found that, “once the court in a partition action has determined that a true joint tenancy exists, it may not order reimbursement or contribution on account of differences in … Read More

Unequal Down Payments in Property Co-Ownership Disputes & Partition Actions

Unequal Down Payments and Ownership Interests in Property Co-Ownership Disputes (Partition Actions)

One of the most common issues that arises in California real estate co-ownership disputes and related partition actions is the remedy for a party who pays more than their fractional share of the down payment. For example, perhaps Sally and Joe purchase a home together, with Sally paying $100,000 of the down payment, while Joe … Read More

Evicting a Sibling from an Inherited House Real Estate Attorney

Evicting a Sibling from an Inherited House in California

Inheriting a Home with Siblings in California It is extremely common for family members to pass down real estate to younger generations. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members may choose to leave their valuable California real estate assets to family members they know and love. Commonly, siblings inherit a home together from a … Read More

Partition by Appraisal Partition Attorney Real Estate Lawyer

Partition by Appraisal in California

How Does Partition by Appraisal Work in California law? A partition action in California is a court-ordered process to bring an end to co-ownership disputes by dividing real estate equitably among co-owners. California law allows for three manners of partition: partition by sale, partition in kind, and partition by appraisal. While partition by sale is … Read More

Forcing the Sale of Inherited House in California

Forcing the Sale of an Inherited House in California

Can I Force the Sale of Inherited Property? Understanding exactly what to do after a close family member passes away is one of the most difficult things someone can go through. Before asking whether both owners have to sign to sell a house, a whirlwind of confusion and sadness makes decision making near impossible, especially … Read More

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