Cohabitation disputes

Experienced team of Property Litigation specialists

Over 60 years of combined Property Litigation experience

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Clear understanding of the complexities of cohabitation disputes

Cohabitation dispute solicitors

‘Solicitors that understand the complications of a legal grey area’

It is becoming much more common for unmarried couples, friends and family members to buy property together. This can be a great way of financing what might otherwise be an unaffordable step onto the property ladder. Unfortunately however what many people do not realise is that cohabitees and unmarried joint owners do not share the same rights as couples who are married, regardless of the period of time that they have cohabited or jointly owned the property. This can result in complicated disputes arising when cohabitees and joint owners fall out.

Help for when complications arise

We have an experienced team of solicitors who can help you with cohabitation disputes. If you fall out with your fellow joint owners, it can be difficult to agree what should happen to the property.

Knowing your options and rights early on can make cohabitation disputes easier to deal with. Our property disputes team will give you all the practical advice and guidance you need. What’s more, our costs will be clearly explained throughout so you won’t get any unexpected surprises later on.

The service and support provided by the whole team at Royds Withy King was excellent. Responsiveness was superb and the attention given to my requirements was faultless.
Royds Withy King client


Our specialist team will talk you through the options available to you and will guide you through the process of realising your interest in a property. We will try to do this without the need for court proceedings, and are often successful in doing so, but should court proceedings be necessary we have the experience to ensure a successful outcome.

This very much depends on the circumstances of each individual case. The law surrounding joint ownership and cohabitees is complicated but we will make sure that you understand your rights and options every step of the way.

We will consider all aspects of your claim including whether you should be reimbursed for mortgage payments, whether either party as made substantial improvements to the property and also whether you are entitled to an occupation rent where you have left to live elsewhere but your ex partner continues to reside in the property.

Potentially yes. Despite not being named on the title deeds you may be able to claim that you have a beneficial interest in a property. Contact the team to discuss how you might be able to bring such a claim and what you might expect to recover.

Contact us to find out how a Royds Withy King cohabitation disputes solicitor can help protect your rights.