Joint Tenancy

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Joint Tenancy'

A type of property right where two or more people own or rent a property together, each with equal rights and obligations, until one owner dies. Upon an owner's death, that owner's interest in the property passes to the survivors without the property having to go through probate.





INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Joint Tenancy'

Joint tenancy can be created by deed or by will. For example, an unmarried couple purchases a house. At the time of purchase, the real estate agent asks the couple how they want to own the home. If they opt for joint tenancy, the deed to the property will then name the two owners as joint tenants. Then if one person dies, the other person will automatically become the full owner of the property.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Co-Owner

    An individual or group that shares ownership in an asset with ...
  2. Holdover Tenant

    A renter who remains in a property after the expiration of the ...
  3. Tenancy In Common

    A way for two or more people to have equal ownership interests ...
  4. Estate Planning

    The collection of preparation tasks that serve to manage an individual's ...
  5. Transfer On Death - TOD

    A way of designating beneficiaries to receive your assets at ...
  6. Probate

    The legal process in which a will is reviewed to determine whether ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How much of the global economy is comprised of the real estate sector?

    The commercial and residential real estate industry generated an estimated $3 trillion in 2014, with some 35% of sector revenue ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are some examples of smart beta ETFs that use passive and active management?

    There are a number of smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that use passive and active management, including the WisdomTree ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How does implied volatility impact the pricing of options?

    Implied volatility is an important aspect of the time value premium of an option. As implied volatility increases, call and ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Which federal regulatory agencies approved and are now responsible for enforcing ...

    Five federal regulatory agencies approved and are jointly responsible for enforcing the Volcker rule. These agencies include ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How are commodity spot prices different than futures prices?

    Commodity spot prices and futures prices are different quotes for different types of contracts. The spot price is the current ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Does the Volcker Rule prevent commercial banks from offering shares of hedge funds ...

    The Volcker Rule does not prevent commercial banks from offering trading services in hedge or private equity funds to their ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    Getting Started On Your Estate Plan

    With some preparation, you can save your heirs from paying a hefty estate tax. Here are some tips.
  2. Options & Futures

    Three Documents You Shouldn't Do Without

    Estate planning is not just about the division of assets after you die. Read on to save your loved ones extra grief.
  3. Options & Futures

    An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  4. Retirement

    Skipping-Out on Probate Costs

    Don't let bad estate planning lead to unnecessary costs and stress for your inheritors.
  5. Credit & Loans

    What is a Syndicated Loan?

    A syndicated loan is one that involves a group of lenders (called the syndicate) who pool their lending resources to make a loan.
  6. Investing Basics

    What is an Asset-Backed Security?

    An asset-backed security (ABS) is a debt security collateralized by a pool of assets.
  7. Taxes

    What is an Ad Valorem Tax?

    An ad valorem tax is a levy placed on real or personal property based on the assessed value of that property.
  8. Personal Finance

    5 Assets Only The Ultra Rich Can Afford

    Yacht? Private jet? Not that unusual. If you’re rolling in the big bucks, you can buy something much more interesting.
  9. Professionals

    Why Advisors Should Seek Out Wealthy Workers

    The majority of "high-net-workers" thinks an advisor would add value, but few use them. Financial advisors should see this as an opportunity.
  10. Professionals

    Top ETFs, Mutual Funds for Investing in Water

    The nation's water supply is declining as demand is increasing. This presents an investment opportunity, just mind your liquidity.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. National Currency

    The currency or legal tender issued by a nation's central bank or monetary authority. The national currency of a nation is ...
  2. Treasury Yield

    The return on investment, expressed as a percentage, on the debt obligations of the U.S. government. Treasuries are considered ...
  3. Bund

    A bond issued by Germany's federal government, or the German word for "bond." Bunds are the German equivalent of U.S. Treasury ...
  4. European Central Bank - ECB

    The central bank responsible for the monetary system of the European Union (EU) and the euro currency. The bank was formed ...
  5. Quantitative Easing

    An unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases private sector financial assets in order to lower interest ...
  6. Current Account Deficit

    A measurement of a country’s trade in which the value of goods and services it imports exceeds the value of goods and services ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!