Tenancy rights if you split up
You have the right to continue to live in your home if you're a:
married or civil partner of the tenant
You only have to leave if a court orders you to.
This can mean that you have to share a home for a bit after breaking up while you work out what happens in the longer term.
You are not civil partners just because you have lived together a long time. You need a legal ceremony to be civil partners.
Check who is a tenant
look at your tenancy agreement
ask your landlord
Tenancy in one person's name
If you are not a tenant, your ex could:
end the tenancy
ask you to leave, unless you're married or civil partners
You have a joint tenancy if you are both named as tenants on the agreement.
Find out more about relationship breakdown in a:
You can ask the council for homeless help if:
you have to leave in the next 2 months
it's not reasonable to stay
For example, if you're at risk of domestic abuse or the situation is having a serious effect on your children or your health.
Home rights of married or civil partners
Married and civil partners have a right to live in the family home even if it's not a joint tenancy. For example, if only one of you is named on the agreement.
You only have to leave if:
a court orders you to
the tenancy ends for another reason
Home rights are often called 'matrimonial home rights' or 'marital home rights'.
Find out more about home rights for married or civil partners.
Last updated: 27 November 2023