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How is she demanding 50% of the equity - is this via a solicitor's letter for example?
Can you quantify everything you have contributed since she left, including her debts?
What do you feel a fair share to her would be?
The starting point is that the equity share is 50/50, as joint owners. But, the history is relevant. The position should be amended to reflect additional contributions that you have put in (to the property, not her personal debt though) as this area of law is not strict contract law but falls under trusts and equity, where a fair and equitable solution is the intention when resolving a dispute.
You should hopefully not have to go to court over this. Such cases are costly and are not resolved quickly.
The spreadsheet helps, certainly.
I would suggest that you make a counter offer that is reasonable and fair, in order to resolve things. If you have a solicitor draft this for you, they can give the background/ context and the reasons that the court would support your position. That should be enough to hopefully promote a reasonable response from her and bring the matter to an end. So an outlay of a few hundred pounds on a solicitor's letter should mean that you can hopefully resolve the matter.
I hope that this helps? Can I clarify anything further?
You could certainly make an argument for any capital repayments to be credited to you, on a repayment mortgage.
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Indeed. Yes you could bring a claim for monies owed to you by her through the small claims court, thought there is a 6 year time limit on making such claims. So if you worked from April 2016 as the trigger date where she agreed to repay you, you have just enough time to claim.
Apologies I was working on something else. The history of antisocial behaviour won't really count towards anything I'm afraid, in terms of the property ownership issue.
On the basis of information you have given you have a case to argue, yes.
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