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can we be forced to sell our home?

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10 Sep 11 #287115 by soontobehomeless
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hello,
please help....my partner is possibly deciding (or having the decision made for them) to sell our home as they have a large sum (which we could never afford to pay) in the property but I have an adult disabled son who lives with us and a ageing sick parent.
We would all be homeless (as I am not eligible for counsel housing) if this was to happen.
We were not married and have been in the house less than a year which has been kitted out for the various disabilities etc. and I no longer have access to any funds (for a legal battle) though my partner has a lot of money. Please supply possible durations / cost if possible if it is legally possible to force a sale.

Can someone please advise...

SUMMARY: CAN SOMEONE WITH A SHARE IN A PROPERTY FORCE ITS SALE?

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10 Sep 11 #287145 by LittleMrMike
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If you are not married he would have to use sections 14 and 15 of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

If he does, I would say the probable outcome is the Court would order a sale but it is certainly within the powers of the Court to defer a sale.

The Court must have regard ( amongst other things ) to the purposes for which the property was acquired, and if it was to provide a home for your adult son and a sick parent, then you have a very reasonable case for a delay on compassionate grounds.

It is not easy to predict how a Court would react to circumstances like these. With minor children it would be normal to defer a sale until their majority.

I would say you have an arguable case for delay, and please don't ask me how long, it depends on the judge. I very much doubt if an immediate sale would be ordered, though.

LMM

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