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When you say "we" bought the house, who put up the down payment, and who made the payments?
How is title held? Is your name on the deed?
The short answer is that you can move out without damaging your ownership share. The harder part will be determining ownership shares. If both your names are ***** ***** title, co-ownership (50/50) would likely be presumed, but if you did not contribute anything toward the down payment, did not pay the mortgage and only paid the water bill (something you presumably used while you were there) it may be difficult to show a significant ownership share. I would suggest that, after you move out, you contact this person and try to discuss and arrive at a reasonable buy-out of your share (interest) in the property. You two will be best suited to do that. Its possible to try and force it through the courts, but that might end up costing more that you get.
I hope this helps.
Oops, sorry, missed that. My bad.
You are entitled to your deposit toward the principal ($18K) plus a pro-rata share of the increase in value (if any) since you bought the place. You do not forfeit this by moving out. He will probably have to refinance it to pay you this, or in what the courts call an "action in partition" you can force the sale of the house to get your monies. If he can buy you out, or refinance and buy you out, that would be better. The court process will cost quite a bit.
Hope this helps (this time)!!
Best of luck to you. Take care of yourself.