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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

Splitting Up - Rights to the Home 2020

Updated in 2020.

When a relationship breaks down one of the most frequently asked questions is “who will get the home?” This guide will help you help you deal with a client who is separating from a partner, or who is a victim of domestic violence in the home will need to have an understanding of different areas of housing law and policy and rights of the client to remain in a property/tenancy.

This guide will include:

  • Occupation rights of spouses & cohabitees, whether owner-occupiers or tenants, following a relationship breakdown;
  • Impact of domestic violence legislation on occupation rights;
  • Rehousing options after a couple separates