Consultation Paper on Accounting and Contribution Between Co-Owners of Land

Published: 2011-05-27 00:00:00
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Ownership of land is associated with many expenses: property taxes, utility charges, mortgage pages, and insurance premiums to name a few.  It can also yield economic returns such as rental income and profits from growing crops.  When land is held in co-ownership (joint tenancy or tenancy in common), expenses may not always be borne and economic benefits may not be received in proportion to the co-owners’ interests, or in another manner that is equitable in the particular circumstances.  The body of law that governs rights with respect to accounting and contribution between co-owners is surprisingly unclear and archaic.  It is also deficient in a number of ways.

This consultation paper reviews and proposes reforms to address these deficiencies. To download the consultation paper in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, click here.




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