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CO-OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY: WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

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CO-OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY: WHAT ARE THE RISKS? 

Buying property with someone else often makes financial sense. Examples of co-ownership include partners buying their first home together or friends sharing ownership of a holiday house. 

Co-owners of a property do not hold separate title to a physically delineated part of the property; each co-owner holds an undivided share in the whole property. This means that all co-owners have to act jointly in decision-making. 

In practice, disputes often arise when one owner wants to sell, or regarding maintenance of the property and incurring expenses. Before buying a property, purchasers should seek advice on co-ownership agreements, how property debts will be handled, tax aspects and the best structure to use for the purchase. 

Author: STBB

Submitted 08 May 18 / Views 287