Dictionary of Legal Terms

Tenancy By The Entireties

A type of joint ownership of real property by a husband and wife. Each owns the entire property, as contrasted with a tenancy in common or joint tenancy. (Tenants in common and joint tenants each own an undivided fractional interest of the property.) In Ohio, tenancy by the entireties was established by statute from 1972 to 1984. Although estates of tenancy by the entireties can no longer be created in Ohio, those interests established when the statute was in effect are still valid. In Ohio, tenancy by the entireties has been replaced by a statutory joint tenancy with right of survivorship. See joint tenancy, tenancy in common.

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