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thank you. Ideally of course you may be able to agree matters between you as regards ***** ***** interests in the property. If agreement cannot be reached in this respect, either of you would have recourse to the courts under section 14 trusts of land and appointment of trustees act to require the other to buy out your share or for the property to be sold or indeed of course either of you could make a market offer for the others share.
In terms of your respective shares in the property, where you own a property as joint tenants, or tenants in common there is a presumption that each of you own 50% in the property. It used to be quite difficult to depart from that presumption however, following the decisions in Stack v Dowden  UKHL 17 and Jones v Kernott  UKSC 53 it is now open to a party has contributed more than the other two are property to dispute that they intended to make a gift of the difference between the respective contributions as a gift to the other. Evidence that can be adduced in support of that position would include that there was otherwise no sharing of finances other than perhaps a joint expenses bank account but otherwise your respect of finances were kept entirely separate and there being no documentary evidence or other evidence of agreement between you that such difference would amount to a gift. Where can be demonstrated, an application can be made as above under section 14 of the trusts of land and appointment of trustees act to request a court determine your respective shares in the property based on your respective contributions.
As we have discussed above, as part and parcel of any determination of your respective shares whether this is by agreement or by application to court, it will be necessary to consider who is responsible for any early termination fees associated with the mortgage. As I have alluded to above, it is my view that in the circumstances, your housemate would be able to seek to apply such fees as against your share rather than theirs on the basis that they are only payable due to your wish to end the mortgage product earlier than contracted.
Of course, it may be possible to avoid such fees if your housemate is able to take over the mortgage product on her own as typically lenders will waive early redemption penalties if a new mortgage product is taken out with them though they can be some variation between lenders in this respect and enquiries may need to be made in the assumption of course that your housemate is able to potentially service the mortgage on their own
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as above, if you are unable to reach agreement on the above, in the first instance, you should consider mediation and if this either fails or if the other party is unwilling to agree, then you would need to make an application to court under part 8 for a court order under section 14 trusts of land and appointment of trustees act for an order for sale:
moving out of the property does not prejudice your right to return unless you for example sublet your bedroom where of course you would need to end any subletting before you could return.
If you leave voluntarily but your housemate is willing for you to remain, though you would have in principle a right to sublet a bedroom as above, you would not otherwise be able to claim any occupational rent from your housemate for their sole use of the property.
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