Rights and Duties of Co-Tenants Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon and Paula are tenants-in-common in Idolacre. One day, Paula gets annoyed at how mean Simon is and so she throws him off of Idolacre and changes the locks so that he cannot get back on to the property. What options, if any, does Simon have available to him?
Choice 1 He can sue Paula for wrongful ejectment
Choice 2 He can sue Paula for her fair share of the rent value for the time that he was kept off of Idolacre
Choice 3 Aand/or B
Choice 4 None of the above; because each co-tenant has a right to possess the entire property, so Paula was not doing anything wrong by possessing the entire property
Simon and Paula are tenants-in-common in Idolacre. One day, Paula gets annoyed at how mean Simon is, and so she goes on vacation to Tahiti for 6 months. When she returns, she demands that Simon pay her rent for the time that he spent on the property while she was gone. Can she recover any rent money from Simon?
Choice 2 Yes
Choice 3 No
Choice 4 Maybe
Jack and Jill own Hillacre as joint tenants. One day, Jack falls down a hill on Hillacre and he decides that it is unwise and unsafe for him to keep living on Hillacre. Thus he demands that Jill be compelled to sell Hillacre and to split the proceeds with Jack. Will he be able to get a court to force Jill to accommodate this plan?
Choice 1 Yes
Choice 2 No, because a joint tenancy cannot be broken up without the consent of both parties
Choice 3 No, because a partition by sale will never be ordered by a court
Choice 4 No, unless Jack can show that physically splitting the property is impractical
Jack and Jill own Hillacre as joint tenants. One day, Jack falls down a hill on Hillacre and he decides that it is unwise and unsafe for him to keep living on Hillacre. Thus he demands that Jill be compelled to sell Hillacre and to split the proceeds with Jack.. For this question, assume that Hillacre is comprised of a single family house and a small backyard in a neighborhood that is zoned only for single family houses.

Will he be able to get a court to force Jill to accommodate this plan?

Choice 1 Yes
Choice 2 No, because a joint tenancy cannot be broken up without the consent of both parties
Choice 3 No, because a partition by sale will never be ordered by a court
Choice 4 No, unless Jack can show that physically splitting the property is impossible

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