Types of land ownership

How it works

There are three common types of land ownership (tenancies).

Sole owner

Either a person or a registered company is the sole owner of the land.

Tenancy-in-common

There are 2 or more owners, called tenants-in-common. If a tenant-in-common dies, their share in the land goes to their estate, not to the other co-owners.

Joint tenancy

There are 2 or more owners, but each owner has the right of survivorship. If an owner dies, their share in the land goes to the other owners.

You must specify that you want to be a joint tenant on the transfer document. Otherwise you will automatically become a tenant-in-common.

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