You must decide which type of joint ownership you want if you buy, inherit or become a trustee of a property with someone else. You tell the Land Registry about this when you register the property.
You can own a property as either ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’.
The type of ownership affects what you can do with the property if your relationship with a joint owner breaks down, or if one owner dies.
As joint tenants (sometimes called ‘beneficial joint tenants’):
As tenants in common:
You can change from being either:
There’s no fee to do this.
You can also change from sole ownership to tenants in common or joint tenants, eg if you want to add your partner as joint owner. This is called transferring ownership.Talk to our legal team
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