Asheville, NC asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina

Q: If 2 people live in the same house and are both equal owners of the house, can one of them cut off sections of the house

If 2 people live in the same house and are both equal owners of the house, can one of them cut off sections of the house so the other cant access that part of the house?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In North Carolina, if two individuals co-own a house as equal owners, typically neither party has the unilateral right to restrict access to specific sections of the property without the consent of the other owner. Co-ownership typically entails both parties sharing equal rights to access and use the entire property. Cutting off sections of the house to deny access to the other co-owner could potentially constitute a breach of the other owner's property rights and could lead to legal action. However, specific rights and obligations regarding property ownership and usage may vary depending on the terms outlined in any co-ownership agreement or deed, as well as applicable state laws.

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