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Thank you for your question.
I assume you hold your interests as tenants in common, if you do not then you should sever the joint tenancy (I can give you further information if so required).
I hope you can appreciate that the length of time and cost depends on how long you choose to negotiate throught your solicitor but it will costs approximately £1,000.00 - 3,000.00 (depending on the extent to which it is disputed and whether negotiations are protracted), but you should certainly shop around when it comes to obtaining quotes from solicitors. It will also take at least at least three months.
The best outcome in these situations is always to get the unwilling party to agree to sell. These orders to sell are seldom not granted and agreement is much less expensive and stressful than making an application at Court. Hopefully your co-owner will see the logic in this way forward once your solicitor has written to them.
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