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(p. 228) 8. Joint owners of land (co-ownership) 

(p. 228) 8. Joint owners of land (co-ownership)
(p. 228) 8. Joint owners of land (co-ownership)

Sandra Clarke

and Sarah Greer

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date: 13 July 2020

This chapter discusses ‘express’ co-ownership of land—the situation in which owners make a conscious decision to own land together. It first briefly defines the two types of co-ownership—joint tenancy and tenancy in common—and distinguishes between legal and equitable ownership. It then discusses legal title and equitable title in relation to joint tenancy and tenancy in common; and how to differentiate between joint tenancy and tenancy in common in practice. The chapter also considers the issue of severance, which converts the status of a co-owner from joint tenant to that of tenant in common, as well as the impact of co-ownership on the land register.

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