Seattle, WA asked in Real Estate Law for Idaho

Q: if a deed has three people listed on it. Two at 25% one at 50%. Can the one residing in the home take it all

Or can one make them buy out their interest?

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Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
  • Boise, ID
  • Licensed in Idaho

A: The answer to your direct question is "NO" just because one of three owners holds a greater share of the property ownership doesn't give them the "right" to "take it all." Further, these types of disputes are fairly typical and the parties need to communicate openly and avoid litigation. Any one of the "owners" can offer to buy the others out. If one "owner" refuses to sell, then the property won't be sold without their participation. If the deed has any kind of serious deficiency, your attorney could file a suit to "quiet the title" to the property. However, short of malfeasance or fraud or death or taxes due, all three owners just get wealthier the longer they hold on to the property.

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