To cut it short, I bought my property in my name and I was always open that I intended to keep it this way so that I had something to pass onto my children. My girlfriend moved in on the same day as me and agreed that she wouldn't have any claim on the property.
I did not get a formal cohabitation agreement when purchasing my house.
My ex did not pay towards the deposit, she did not pay towards the mortgage and she did not pay towards any bills while living in the property.
The only thing she did was buy food 50% of the time.
She is now claiming that I always said she'd have half and is claiming beneficial interest and demanding 50% of my equity.
As she has never contributed financially, does she have any beneficial interest?
Thanks for the help.....
How long have you lived together and are there any children involved?
From what you say and assuming you have a clear paper trail, it would appear unlikely that she would have a strong claim. However in property law cases, it is always best to seek the advice of a suitably qualified solicitor. Unlike in divorce finances, the loser pays all the costs in property cases. She should also seek legal advice.
We lived together for 2 years and 9 months and I can prove with my bank statements that I have paid everything. There are no children involved.
I have a message from 3 weeks prior to moving in where she says about paying solicitors fees for my house for me to leave to my kids.
I am disputing the claim but it's difficult for either of us to prove and I am worried about court costs if it goes to court.
It's often easier to pay some money to get rid of the nuisance rather than litigate as that can be very expensive.
The starting point is the title to the property. If it's in your sole name that is a clear indication that the property is for your benefit alone.
You then have evidence of discharging the mortgage. If your ex has evidence of transferring money to you that will have to be countered but a contribution in lieu of rent is perfectly reasonable. She was, after all, a lodger.