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Thomas, Solicitor
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I have been living with my girlfriend for 2years in a property

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I have been living with my girlfriend for 2years in a property in the UK that is owned by me. My girlfriend makes no contribution to the costs of living in the home or to our joint living costs. She has a passive income from properties she owns and a share and bond portfolio. If we split up is the home or indeed any of my other assets at risk from a claim from my girlfriend. There are no legal or other documents describing our financial affairs.

Thanks for your patience.

If it is the case that you are unmarried with no children of the relationship and she has not made a capital contribution to it (ie. financing the purchase or pay for significant works which materially increase the value of the property) or maintained the mortgage payments/paid rent or bills/food to a total that is more than you would otherwise have paid in private rented accommodation in the area THEN she would not be able to claim an interest in the property.

Because you are not married she would only be able to claim an interest under the Trust of Land (Appointment of Trustees) Act, in order to do so she would have to prove one of the above to a substantial amount.

On this basis she would not be advised to pursue a claim against your property so you can relax a bit.

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