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IF you both own the property (50/50), then your rights are equal. Therefore, neither of you have more say or rights than the other.
That said, you can file a partition lawsuit, which forces the sale of the property....and your boyfriend cannot stop it. If you were to file this action, the court would order an appraisal of the property, and then the judge would offer either owner the option of buying the other out. If there are no takers, then the judge would order that the property be sold at public auction.....and the proceeds will be used to retire any debt, and the remaining proceeds will be split between you equally.
It doesn't matter who paid for it......unfortunately. All that matters is whose name appears on the deed/title.
IF you are both listed on the title as 50/50 owners, then that's the legal ownership and that's how the property will be sold and how proceeds will be divided.
As for buying him out, it is possible to do this IF he agrees to sell you his interest. BUT, if he refuses, then your only option is to file the partition suit and force it through legal proceedings.
If you purchase his interest without court intervention, then you can agree to whatever you like. However, if he makes unreasonable demands, etc., then you can file the partition suit, ask the court to set the fair market value through an appraisal, and then either buy him out for that amount or either proceed to selling the property.
So, you can refuse to pay him for his time/labor in making improvements....and you can - instead - opt to file the partition suit and seek court intervention to get the property sold and proceeds divided.
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