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English definition of “tenancy in common”

tenancy in common

noun [C or U]
 
 
( plural tenancies in common) PROPERTY, LAW
a legal agreement in which two people or groups share ownership of a piece of property, but each person's share of the property is not passed automatically to the other tenant or tenants in common when they die: The title will convert to Tenancy in Common upon divorce. Today, especially in tenancies in common, unmarried persons are referred to as a single man, or a single woman. →  Compare joint tenancy
→  See also tenant in common
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