Cohabiting - who owns what?
This was the situation in one case in which a woman successfully fought off her ex-partner's claim to a stake in her property portfolio.
The woman owned three properties. Following the acrimonious end of their relationship, her ex-partner claimed that they had treated their assets as a 'single pot' when they were together. In what he described as a joint venture, he said that he had put much money, resources and physical effort into renovating one of her properties in particular, rendering it fit for human habitation.
In rejecting his claim, however, the First-tier Tribunal found that he had fallen far short of establishing that there was a common intention that he should have a share in the properties, which were held in her sole name. He had made no direct contribution to mortgage repayments and there had been no pooling of money.
Although the repair and maintenance work he carried out was not insignificant, it was a reflection of his desire to assist her whilst they were living together as husband and wife and was not attributable to any pecuniary self-interest on his part. She had continued to take sole responsibility for her properties, paying all outgoings, and had never promised him that his work would earn him a share in them.
This article was written by Rex Cowell. It was published as 'Cohabiting couples - who owns what?' on 24 March 2016.
See other articles by Rex Cowell here.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Have a look at some of the most impressive concert stage designs of all time, including Pink Floyd, U2, Rolling Stones, and more...
What is the Home Quality Mark? Find out how it can help you when buying/renting a new home.
Business Secretary launches £246m Faraday Challenge to establish UK as world leader in battery technology.
Government announces new plans for regulations to improve safety and security awareness of drone users.
Read our introductory article to the various different types of fuel.
IHBC book review: Charles Barry’s monumental struggle to rebuild the Houses of Parliament.
Read about RSHP's British Museum extension which has been shortlisted for the 2017 Stirling Prize.
Read our introductory article to building a house extension.
More updates from DCMS about the large-scale testing of cladding systems and the number of buildings affected.
UandI secure resolution to grant planning consent for major new regeneration project.
IHBC article considers how heritage is dealt with when infrastructure schemes are authorised.
It was the tallest structure in the world for 3,800 years, but to this day the exact construction techniques are a mystery.
Shortlist for the industry's most coveted award announced.