Me and partner separated a few months ago and he voluntarily left the house. The house is in my name, when we purchased he used his money for the deposit and gifted it to me. He now wants me to give him the money back which I’m not in a position to do. My intention is to remortgage but this will take a few years until I am in a position to do this. He says I have to sell the house, does anyone have experience of this? I have our child the majority of the time, since he left he pays for our child but doesn’t pay the bills anymore. I want to give him the money as soon as I can but legally can he make me sell the house? Thanks
I think that you have to recognise you not paying his money severely disadvantages him to move on and buy etc.
i would get an agreement. Is he only getting what he contributed or with interest based on equity proportions? If it’s going to take years, maybe calculate that you’ll repay this monthly by not taking maintenance. That will impact on you but not as much as selling; if doing id insist he pays you in to your account monthly maintenance and you then pay back as deposit repayment(you can name payments to cover you both).
In theory if he’s owed money he could take you to small claims if below a certain amount.