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Relationship break ups

What happens to your tenancy when a relationship ends

When a couple decide they can no longer live together, a decision has to be made about their shared home. If you and your partner are joint tenants and you agree who should keep the tenancy, you can just contact us to let us know. Your Area Housing Manager will then arrange for the tenancy to be transferred if there are no breaches of your tenancy agreement. If you cannot agree or the partner wanting to stay is not a tenant, you should contact us immediately and consult a solicitor or the Housing Advice Centre.

Here are some basic guidelines:

If your marriage ends
During divorce proceedings, a husband and wife have equal rights to their marital home until a property settlement order is made. This is the case whether the tenancy is in joint names or in the name of only one partner.

If you are not married

  • Joint tenants
    Joint tenants each have an equal right to their home. The county court can order them to transfer the tenancy to their partner for good if that partner has custody of any children.
  • One tenant
    If the tenancy is held by one person, and the couple have no children, that person can apply to the county court and force their partner to leave. However, if the partner has any children, the court may order the tenancy to be transferred to them.
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