Recording the death of a joint tenant

The information in this guide applies only to property that is held as a joint tenancy. It does not apply to property held as tenants in common.

Under a joint tenancy, if one joint tenant dies, the interest in the property held by the deceased immediately passes to the surviving joint tenant/s on the basis of survivorship (not on the basis of the provisions in the will of the deceased).

To change the title after the death of a joint tenant, the surviving joint tenant/s must record the death in the Titles Registry. This guide explains what you must do to record the death of a joint tenant on the title.

For additional information about Titles Registry forms, see the land title practice manual.

Note: Titles Registry forms are legally binding and must be completed carefully. The Titles Registry can provide general information about forms and requirements. If you require personal advice - that is, advice taking your circumstances into consideration, or the options available to you - then it is recommended that you speak to a lawyer.

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