Hi, thanks for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are/were you married to each other?
-Whose name is ***** ***** title of the property?
Is the property held as joint tenants or tenants in common and in what shares?
My name is ***** ***** I have been a solicitor for more than 30 years.
How much is the house worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
Just to check - BOTH your names on on the Title deeds?
When the house was purchased was any agreement drawn up and signed regarding shares in the property?
I do understand that - but sometimes a separate agreement is made saying that one person will have a larger share than the other.
Does that sound familiar at all?
And he has asked for £16,000 is that correct?
I am afraid that the fact that his name is ***** ***** deeds means that he has a financial claim on the property.
Since it seems that you were not advised to protect your investment with a Declaration of Trust he could potentially claim 50% of the equity - which could be £40,000.
Even if the deposit was returned to you and the balance then divided 50/50 he would get at least £20,000.
On that basis I am sorry but his request for £16,200 and to be released from the mortgage is in fact very .
I am so very sorry to have to give this news - and to have to make it worse by saying that he is entitled to reenter the property whenever he wishes unless you get an order excluding him because of violence
Please ask if you need further details