A person is not responsible for the mortgage or rent or the bills of a house that they do not live in although they remain liable to the lender or landlord if the other person stays in the property and doesn’t pay the mortgage.
In that case, the non-occupier would be entitled to recover any mortgage or rental payments made by the non-occupier, from the occupier within the finances of the breakup of the relationship/marriage.
So whether she is liable for the rent within the finances of the relationship depends on whether you remain in the property or not. She remains liable to the landlord regardless until the tenancy ends.
There is a practical problem of course in that although you may be entitled to recover some rent from her (subject to what I said above) if you don’t know where she is you are going to have to find her and that would need using a tracing agent.
You can always use a tracing agent such as this http://www.ccsformations.co.uk/Tracing-25-c.html who will do no find no fee for solicitors for GBP50 plus VAT although if you are a private individual they want payment upfront.
They also do international searches for GBP150 plus VAT but that is not no win no fee.
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