Where two people own a property as tenants in common they will own it in equal or unequal shares.
Tenants in common can hold the property in unequal shares to show the contributions made to the purchase price. The agreed proportions are recorded in a legal document.
Most friends buying a house together or unmarried couples hold property as tenants in common.
When a person dies as a tenant in common their share of the property forms part of their estate and will pass under their will. Their family, rather than the co-owner, will inherit their share of the property.
If you buy as tenants in common it is recommended that you make a will if you do not already have one.