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Rights to occupy the home

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Rights that cohabitant joint owners have to occupy the home.

Where a cohabiting couple are joint owners, both partners have legal rights to occupy their home. Their right of occupation arises from property law.

Overview

Occupation rights of joint legal owners. 

Establishing each owner's interest

How each joint owner's interest can be established. 

Quantifying financial shares

How the value of the home is split between the joint legal owners. 

Effect of one joint owner dying

What happens if one of the cohabiting joint owners dies. 

Ending beneficial joint ownership

How joint ownership can be ended following a relationship breakdown. 

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