My partner and I have been living together for 2 years and nearly 1 year ago moved into my house which is mortgaged in my name only. His previous partner is refusing to settle their finances and I am concerned that she might have a claim on my property.
I also want to secure my property so that my partner has no claim on it also.
He pays me an amount each month as "rent" and to cover his half of the utility bills etc. I haven't set up a formal rent book or anything in writing. He hasn't paid for any alternations or improvements to the property - I have paid or am paying for those. I pay the mortgage each month from my personal bank account by Direct Debit.
He wasn't married to his ex but they lived together for 12 years, although she is now claiming they weren't together for the full 12 years as she is trying to block his claim to half the property they had which was in her name but he paid for building and the mortgage, (but gave her the cash to do that). I don't want to end up in the same situation and don't want to lose my house which I have been in for several years on my own and have always paid for solely.
No he was never married to his ex.
Should I get a formal rent book set up and state what his payments are to cover?
Are there any circumstances at all where his ex partner might have a claim or interest in my property?