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Home owner’s partner wins claim to property – even though they weren’t married and she didn’t contribute financially to the purchase price

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If you think your partner has no interest in the property you share because they did not contribute financially to it, think again.

Sharon Blades has won her claim to a half share in a large country house bought by her former partner Christopher Rowland in 2009 as joint tenants with no declaration of trust.

Rowland paid the whole of the £1.6 million purchase price but lost his claim to sole ownership after the relationship ended.

He did succeed in obtaining £60,000 in occupation rent from Blades because she had excluded him from the house for several years.

Had the couple made a declaration of trust when they bought the property this case would probably not succeeded as Christopher Rowland could have relied upon it like any contract.

Read our simple guide to declarations of trust by clicking here

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