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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

What happens to your home if you split with a partner?

Splitting up with a partner is always painful. You may be tempted to just walk away without thinking about the implications for your housing situation. This isn't a great solution. You could realise years later that you have made a costly mistake, especially if you owned your home jointly.

Speak to someone urgently if you’re being abused in your home. Call Women's Aid for help and support on 0808 802 1414. Women’s Aid is the number one charity that helps people affected by domestic abuse. It provides help, advice and counselling to men and women. In an emergency call 999 for help.

It can be hard to know what to do if you split up or fall out with someone you're living with. Your rights in this situation depend on your status and what your tenancy agreement says. Your rights depend on the type of tenancy you have. If you're experiencing domestic violence or you feel unsafe in your home get advice immediately.

Know what your rights are if you rent your home from the Housing Executive or housing association but can't continue living with your partner.

Selling a home that you and your former partner jointly own can be complicated. You'll usually need to get legal advice from a solicitor who can explain what will happen to the property.

You may be able to pass your tenancy on to other people if you can't continue to live in the property. Your landlord needs to give permission to allow this to happen and will only do it in certain circumstances.

If you can't afford to move out of your shared home immediately, you may be able to live in the property as separate households.