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After 27 years living together my partner left me and moved

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After 27 years living together my partner left me and moved abroad, the house I live in is owned by him, I have continued to live in the house (from2002) Our children have left home and I live alone. He now wants me to pay him £700 per month, or he will have me evicted.
Do I have any rights in this situation.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Family Law
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Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
How much is the property worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
What financial contribution have you made to the property - and did your ex ever promise you a share of the property?
Please confirm that you were never married to each other?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The house value is around £260,000, the house was bought outright, no mortgage. I have updated the house over the last 13 years, spending over £5,000 on the garden alone, new shower, redecorated several times, having wood flooring. He has not contributed to any of that. He told me when he left that as long as I did not bring another man into the house I could stay there as long as I wanted to. This house is a family home, with four sons, five grandchildren etc. If you want more information let me know, I want to know if this is worth fighting in court if it came to that. Thanks

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
What other structural improvements and alterations have you paid for and by how much has that work increased the value of the property?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have had the front steps replaced, costing around £2000, also decking in the garden. no other structural work, decorating and keeping the house updated year on year. All the furnishings have now been replaced. The general up keep of the house over the years must have some regard to the value.

Do you think this is worth pursuing, Can I be evicted even though there is no formal tenancy arrangement in place.

Thanks for your response.

Looking forward to hearing from you again.

Regards

Doreen Pujol

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
How much would a one bedroom property in the same general area cost to buy?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

A one bedroom property at this time would cost between £100,000 and £120,000

Thanks

Doreen

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
The promise that he made and the fact that you spent money on the property in reliance on that promise does create a form of Trust and that means that you do indeed have the right to remain in the property - or alternatively to receive sufficient funds to rehouse yourself (with the money repayable when you no longer need a home)
If he tries to evict you then you can apply to the court for an Occupation Order and at the same time you can make an application to the Court for an order under the Trust of and and Appointment of Trustees Act granting you an Interest in the property.
You should offer to discuss these matters with your ex using Family mediation
www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk
Please ask if you need further details
Clare
Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 34584
Experience: I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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