As both you and your ex-partner are legal owners, you both have a right to stay in the home. The type of relationship you were in doesn’t matter.
If you agree that one of you will leave, each one of you has the right to come back while you legally own the home together. If you’ve been forced to leave, you can ask a court to enforce your right to return. But you can’t do this if there’s a court order preventing you from being in the home.
There are two types of joint ownership.
- You own the entire property together – known as joint tenants. This means the whole property would go to your partner if one of you were to die.
- You each own a specific share in the property – known as tenants in common. This means you can choose to leave your share of the property to whoever you want through a will.
If your relationship has broken down and you have a joint tenancy, you may want to consider changing this to a tenancy in common. This way the whole property wouldn’t automatically go to your ex-partner if you die before agreeing what to do with your home. Our page on getting legal help might be useful.