Relationship ending and your home

You should have somewhere safe to stay even if you need to leave your home.

Find somewhere to stay

If you have nowhere to go, the council has to help you with accommodation.

You should be given temporary accommodation the day that you need it.

Apply as homeless

When your relationship ends there are decisions to make.

These include who will stay in the home and who will pay for it.

You can find out your rights to stay in the home and how to resolve any disputes between you and your partner.

Leaving your home when a relationship ends

Find out where to go if your relationship ends and you have nowhere to stay.

Staying in your home when a relationship ends

Find out your rights to stay in your home if your partner is leaving or trying to evict you. If you don’t have a right to stay in the home, find out how you can get it.

Paying for your home when a relationship ends

Learn how you can increase your household income when a partner leaves so that you can afford the rent or mortgage.

Relationship ending - court action and your home

Find out how to take action in court to make decisions about your home when a relationship ends. Find a solicitor to represent you.

Last updated: 9 June 2021

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