Joint Tenancy and Your Residence

Many homes have more than one person on the title to the property. Confusion often arises over what it means to co-own a piece or property, and the implications that it can have in the future. Spouses may own a property together with the objective of having it pass automatically to one of them if the other dies or parents may put their children on the title to the parent’s home in contemplation of avoiding probate fees.

The terminology in this area of law can become confusing. The general term for two or more people owning property together is “co-ownership”, and each person who has their name on the title to the property is a “co-owner”.  Co-ownership of property also involves the terms “tenancy” and “tenant”, but in this case these terms have nothing to do with landlord and tenant law or leases. There are two main legal forms in which people can co-own a piece of real estate.

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Caveat Emptor in Real Estate Transactions

As lawyers practicing in the area of real estate litigation, we often find ourselves advising clients who have purchased a home, only to discover after moving in that the home is full of many problems and defects that they weren’t made aware of.  Faced with expensive repairs and renovations, disappointed home buyers will often turn to the seller of the property for these costs.  This article deals with the types of circumstances in which a vendor of real estate can be held responsible for defects discovered by the seller after purchase.

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Can I Sue My Home Inspector?

Purchasers of residential real estate in British Columbia will typically engage the services of a home inspector prior to purchasing a home.  For most British Columbians, a home is the biggest purchase they will ever make, and a proper home inspection can provide some assurance as to the quality of the home and can reveal defects that could otherwise catch the buyer unawares after purchase.

In some cases, a buyer may seek redress against a home inspector if the inspector failed to identify defects or misrepresented the home or their findings in some way.

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