What to do when 1 co-tenant prohibits another co-tenant's right of access?

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I am the co-tenant of real property as JTWROS. Property is vacant but the other co-tenant has locked me out and added an alarm system. I have no access to property but I have asked the co-tenant several times for unrestricted access as I have personal property in the home. Co-tenant refuses to permit my entry. I have considered having a locksmith open but I will not be able to disarm alarm system. Police will be contacted by the alarm company. Would I be arrested for trespassing? Do I need a real estate lawyer to help me gain access? I'm in Wayne County, MI.

Answered 6 years ago| Contributor
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