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Hi, thanks for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are they in England or Wales?
-Are they married ?
-Were there any formal agreements between them regarding her financial assistance?
-Is the flat rented, if so whose name is ***** ***** in?
Thank you for confirming. It is unusual for there to be a private tenancy for an initial period of two years. Has she checked the tenancy to see that this is actually correct and if there is an early break clause (right to end the tenancy early)?
Hi, this question remains open. Please could you provide the requested information so that I can assist you.
Thanks - it is helpful that the landlord has agreed to end the tenancy a year early, however as they would have been joint tenants on the tenancy, they will be jointly and separately liable for the rent and the landlord will be able to claim the rent from both or either of them if it was not paid.
Given the substantial contributions she has made, she would be in a good position to seek to obtain a share from him due to any intention that they had that costs would be shared, as well as the tenancy being signed by both of them.
Initially she should write him a formal letter outlining her expenses and what his half of the costs/debts would stand at and inform him of a deadline to settle the debt and put him on notice that he will pursue a court application if it is not agreed. In the event that no agreement is reached she would be in a position to seek a money claim against him which can be started here: https://www.gov.uk/make-money-claim-online
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