If your property is registered at the Land Registry – you can protect your position by using a ‘matrimonial home rights notice’ or ‘home rights notice’.
You first need to know if the property is registered in your partner’s name, and its title number. If it is, check if the property is registered with the HM Land Registry website
Using a home rights notice is free. All you need to do is fill in a form called HR1 – which is on the gov.uk website
If your property isn’t registered with the Land Registry – you can protect your position by applying for a ‘class F land charge’. This costs £1 and the form is on the gov.uk website
If the property isn’t the family home, you might be able to register a ‘restriction’ at the Land Registry. You can only protect your right to live in one property at a time.
You can ask HM Land Registry to transfer your home rights to another property owned by your spouse or civil partner if you’ve already got home rights for one property.
When you’ve registered your ‘home rights’, your ex-partner can’t sell the property or apply for a larger mortgage without you being told.
If you want to talk to an adviser from a housing rights charity: