If you have half interest in inheritance property and you have paid taxes on the land and house, does that give you control of the property?

Also, if the other person marries do that gives the husband/wife control if that other person dies?

Asked on September 24, 2012 under Real Estate Law, South Carolina


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country absent a written agreement allowing one joint owner control over real property, the owners of the property have no control over the property to the extent that one versus another has the final say. The payment of property taxes on the land does not give one owner a leg up on the other. The owner paying the taxes as a whole is entitled to reimbursement from the other owner as to his or her share advanced.

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