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Married/civil partners: sole tenant

This content applies to England & Wales

A look at married couples and civil partners where one of them is a sole tenant or sole licensee, and where the relationship has broken down.

For more information about relationship breakdown and domestic violence, see the section on Domestic abuse.

The law on relationship breakdown

The legislation for married couples and civil partners experiencing a relationship breakdown who occupy under a sole tenancy or sole licence. 

Resolving occupation disputes

Ways in which occupation disputes can be resolved. 

Staying in the home long term

Ways in which decisions can be made as to who stays in the home in the long term 

Liability for rent

Liability for rent following the breakdown of a relationship. 

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