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1. At the outset, you need to realise that independently of your relationship and the rights given under the 2010 civil Partnerhship & Rights of Cohabitants Act, you do not gain an interest in the property merely by helping to make it habitable. This will only amount to a debt whcih has to be repaid at some later date. However, under the 2010 Act, should your cohabiting relationship continue for five years after you commence cohabiting, or for tow years if you have children, then you can apply to court for a property adjustment order whereby you would seek a share in the property by reason of your contributions. In this way you would gain a share in the property. Additionally, you will have rights to seek a share of your partner's pension rights and also to maintenance should you have children. This is what the law will entitle you to after the relevant period of time elapses. However, you should be aware that these rights only vest after 2/5 years. They do not vest at the outset when you are making your contribution to making the property habitable.