WA De Facto Relationship Separation - Sell House?

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4 January 2015
I'm in a de facto relationship. My de facto and I are separating (separation). The house is in both our names, can I be forced to sell?

Tracy B

Well-Known Member
24 December 2014
The house will be split between both partners. It is best if you agree with your ex partner what will happen to the house (e.g. one partner could buy the other partner's shares, you could continue to jointly own it and rent it out and keep part of the rental income). If one party wishes to sell and the other does not, then that party may apply to court for an order to sell or order to partition and then it will be up to a court to decide. In this case, the court will consider the interests of the other (unwilling) partner and any third party interests.


Further to Tracy B's comments, if both of your names are on a mortgage over the house, things may get a bit more complicated as you will need to pay off the mortgage in order to release either or both parties from it. You cannot simply have one person retain the mortgage, even if the other person buys them out.

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