46A-80. Sale of standing timber; valuation of life estate.

(a) When two or more persons own real property with standing timber, as tenants in common, joint tenants, or partners, one or more of the persons may seek a partition sale of the timber, separate from the real property.

(b) If real property with standing timber is subject to a life estate, the life tenant or an owner of the remainder or reversionary interest, whether as a tenant in common, joint tenant, partner, or sole owner, may seek a partition sale of the timber, separate from the real property. The life tenant shall be made a party to the proceeding and is entitled to receive the life tenant's share of the proceeds, to be calculated according to mortality tables accepted by the court.

(c) An order allowing a life tenant to sell standing timber requires a finding that the cutting of the timber is in keeping with good husbandry and that no substantial injury will be done to the remainder or reversionary interest. (1895, c. 187; Rev., s. 2510; C.S., s. 3236; 1949, c. 34; 1975, c. 476, s. 1; 1997-133, s. 3; 2020-23, ss. 2(cc), 3.)