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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Relationship breakdown

When a relationship fails you might not want to continue living together. Your rights to stay in your home often depend on whether you own or rent your home and what kind of tenant you are.

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.

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.

Mediation can often help to resolve problems between family members, neighbours or housemates. It’s not an appropriate solution in every case but can be very effective.

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.

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