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Relationship breakdown

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Relationship breakdown, domestic violence and their effect on tenancies, home ownership and other housing rights.

Housing rights of married sole homeowners

Housing rights of married and civil partners during the relationship and after the breakup if the home is owned by one of them. 

Housing rights of married joint homeowners

Situation of married couples and civil partners who are joint homeowners and whose relationship has broken down. 

Housing rights of cohabiting sole homeowners

Rights to occupy the home in the short or long term, to prevent sale and to pay mortgage after breakup with a sole owner. 

Housing rights of cohabiting joint homeowners

Rights to occupy the home in the short or long term, to prevent sale and to pay mortgage after breakup between joint owners. 

Housing rights of married sole tenants

The situation for married couples and civil partners where one of them is a sole tenant or sole licensee, and where the relationship has broken down. 

Housing rights of married joint tenants

Situation of married people and civil partners who are joint tenants or joint licensees and whose relationship has broken down. 

Housing rights of cohabiting sole tenants

Rights of cohabiting couples where one of them is a sole tenant or sole licensee, and the relationship has broken down. 

Housing rights of cohabiting joint tenants

Rights to occupy the home in the short or long term and to pay rent after breakup between joint tenants or joint licensees. 

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