Relationship problems

Relationship Problems

Relationship problems can lead to housing difficulties if you share your home. It is best to get in touch with advice, support and counselling services that can help with relationship problems at an early stage. If you share a home with someone and the relationship breaks down you may face practical and legal issues about where you are going to live.




In terms of agreeing arrangements you may find it useful to get help from a mediation service rather than dealing directly with the situation yourself.


Can I stay where I am?


Owner Occupiers


You have a right to stay in the property.  You should seek advice from a solicitor.



Council-secure tenancy


Joint* or sole tenants have a right to remain in the property.  You should speak to your housing officer and seek advice from a solicitor.



Registered Social Landlord (Assured Tenant)


Joint* or sole tenants have a right to remain. You should speak to your housing officer and seek advice from a solicitor.



Registered Social Landlord (Assured  Shorthold Tenant)


Joint* or sole tenants will have limited rights to remain in the property.  You should speak to your housing officer and seek advice from a solicitor.



Private Sector Tenancy (Assured Shorthold Tenant)


Joint* or sole tenants will have limited rights to remain in the property.  You should speak to your landlord and seek advice from a solicitor.



Licensee, Lodger, No Tenancy


You are likely to need alternative accommodation and should seek advice.


*Joint tenants: please note, it only needs one of the joint tenants to end the whole tenancy.



Are you married?


If you are married, you have rights under the Family Law Act 1996 & the Matrimonial Homes Act 1983



Are you co-habiting?


If you are not a tenant, nor an owner, you have no rights to remain in the property and should be given ‘reasonable’ notice to leave.  BUT if you have children together, you will have rights to remain under the Children’s Act 1989.



Do you have children with your partner?


You will have rights to remain under the Children’s Act 1989


In all circumstances it is best to get the best advice you can and find a solicitor from the law society



Getting help


  • Relate can provide counselling for people experiencing relationship difficulties.
  • Some mediation services provide a family mediation service where problems can be addressed in the presence of a neutral mediator.
  • If you are experiencing Domestic Violence contact the Welsh Womens Aid 24 hour helpline for women experiencing domestic violence or the Dyn Project and Men's Advice Line for men experiencing domestic violence.

Also view the following:


http://www.advicenow.org.uk/family-mediation/
http://static.advicenow.org.uk/files/splitting-up-2010-11-1389.pdf