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My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
Were you married and are there any children involved?
How much is the house worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
How much have you paid off the capital?
Sorry - I need to know how much the outstanding capital has reduced since he moved out - you can find out by comparing the two mortgage statements
Is your ex pressing you for an immediate sale/
Who paid the deposit and how much was it?
My apologies you had indeed told me that
As a joint owner of the property your ex is entitled to force the sale of the house via the courts if he wishes to do so and unless you can gtr him released from the mortgage and pay him off you will not be able to stop the sale.
Legally unless at the time of the purchase you agreed something else in writing your ex is entitled to half of the equity.
However you certainly have a good argument for saying that you should be credited with the amount that you have paid off the mortgage - £4,000 and that the deposit should be refunded - minimising the amount due to him.
You can try and negotiate with him using Family Mediation when the time comes pointing out that avoiding the costs and delay of a court applictaion has to be in his favour
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details