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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Splitting up

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.

Get help as soon as you can if you are worried that you might become homeless. Talk to someone about your rights and options. You might be able to make things better in your current home. 

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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