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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Living with others

As you grow up, there will be times when you won't always see eye to eye with your parents or guardians. However, if you're having problems living at home, moving out is not the only option.You may be able to resolve any issues you're having with your parents if you can set up ground rules and follow these.

It may not be romantic but it is vital that you know your rights when it comes to your home. Preparing properly will make sure that you are less likely to be caught out if anything happens to your relationship.

Splitting up with a partner is always painful. You may be tempted to just walk away without thinking about what will happen to your home if you split up. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Renting a home on your own is expensive. It might be more affordable to move in with friends, family members or even strangers. This will make things cheaper but can bring it's own problems so you need to think about the practical arrangements of living with others.

Sorting out the practical arrangements at the beginning of a tenancy can prevent disputes arising later on. Once you've signed a tenancy agreement you've committed to living with your flatmates for a defined period of time. It's worth agreeing how you're going to sort out chores and bills and laying down some ground rules.

Sharing arrangements don't always work out. If you're having problems with the people you're sharing with, don't ignore the issue. Try to resolve the situation. If you've signed a tenancy agreement, it will be difficult to leave the property before it has lapsed.

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.

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