4. Tax disadvantages There are several tax problems in the context of the joint lease, especially in relation to common ownership, but an example should be enough to highlight the complications and costs that this “simple” method of ownership can entail. In the past, a JT has been the most common way in which married couples and/or close family members hold titles together. The co-owners also participate in the expenses and benefits of the property according to their share. However, in a JT, this proportion must be identical to that of all co-owners. Thus, if a married couple holds a property as Joint Tenants, each holds an equal 50% stake in the property. If there are more than two tenants, the property is again divided equally between them according to their number. The parties may not divide their property unequally. Since the deceased`s property right is automatically transferred to the survivors with death, the deceased has nothing to invent. If all the owners are individuals (i.e. no businesses or trusts), the owners can choose to keep the property either as a common tenant or as a colocation with right of survival. Both forms of co-ownership are available to all co-owners, regardless of marital status. While a comprehensive study of California`s property tax system is outside the scope of this article, suffice it to say that a “change of ownership” and the resulting revaluation at fair value can have a significant impact on property taxes.
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