Joint Tenancy

Definition

  • Ownership by two people (usually spouses) in which each person owns an undivided interest in the entire property. When one joint tenant dies, the other has title to the entire property.

Synonyms
residence proprietors, property owners, home owners, home ownership, holding home title

Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Alimony Definition,
    • Monthly payments received by an ex-spouse. Payments must be received continuously for one year to be counted toward qualifying income for a loan.
  • Common Law Marriage (CLM) Acronym,
    • To be recognized as being married without foregoing a matrimonial ceremony.
  • Community Property (CP) Acronym, Important,
    • Possessions, real estate and profits that a husband and wife receive during the marriage, excluding gifts and inheritances. Upon divorce, community property is distributed equally.
  • Jointly-owned Property Definition,
    • A property held in the name of more than one person.
  • Survivorship Definition,
    • The right of a person to secure ownership by reason of his/her outliving someone with whom s/he shared undivided interest in the land.
  • Tenancy by the Entirety (TBE) Acronym,
    • An arrangement where spouses have an undivided interest in a property. If a spouse dies, the other retains ownership.
  • Tenancy in Common Definition,
    • Ownership by two or more people in which each person owns an undivided interest in the entire property and all have equal rights to use the property. When one tenant in common dies, that person's interest may be sold, mortgaged or transferred to another in a will.
  • Tenure Definition,
    • The act, fact, or condition of holding something in one's possession such as real estate. A period during which something is held.
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