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My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
What has your personal financial contribution been?
How much of the £70,000 came from your funds?
How much was the mortgage payment and how much is the going rental rate in the area
Did your ex ever say that the property belonged to both of you?
I am afraid that the fact that you were not married means that any claim you have on the property is a possible claim on the proceeds of sale in proportion to whatever financial contribution you have made to the bricks and mortar - the property itself.
Sadly paying utility bills or vets bills or food bills does not count
Even payments made towards the mortgage may not count if they are less than the going rental rate in the area
However you have paid for some of the structural work - which gives you a claim related either to the amount you paid in - or to the increase in value that that work relates to
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I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details