Should I sell or risk tenants buying at undervalue price?9:08 AM, 25th September 2019
About 4 weeks ago 48
My ex-partner and I bought a house together a few years ago. At the time, I couldn’t be on the mortgage, because I was not on a British work contract and didn’t have indefinite leave to remain. We put the house in his sole name, though I contributed significantly to the deposit (which I can prove), paid for all subsequent renovations (which I can prove), and paid an extra 30% every month towards the mortgage and household bills (which I can prove).
3 months ago, he had an affair and has since decided he wants to build a new life with the girl. Obviously, as part of the split, we’ve got to sell the house.
We are currently in wranglings between our solicitors about who gets what – magically, his promise about never trying to take anything from me (which he said at the time of the purchase to reassure me about my name not being on the mortgage) has totally evaporated and his offers have been awful.
My solicitor put a restriction on the property, which was approved, to protect my interests. In all of the letters back and forth, our solicitors had proposed that we jointly administer the sale and approve the agent to execute the sale together.
I was supposed to respond to the last letter within 14 days, but I was too upset to go back to the solicitor the first week after receipt.
Unfortunately, when I went to him the second week (4 business days before the response was due), he was out of the office for the whole week, so my response was issued a little late. We did send a holding letter to let them know a response was going to be coming, just a few days late – and my ex had been late on his response to our last letter, so I didn’t think anything of it – but now he is using that as an excuse to continue on the house sale without me.
He’s had people out to value the property, and I’m just wondering – if we’re still in wranglings about this, and our solicitors are still saying we’re to determine the agents together and administer the sale together, is he allowed to exclude me from this process? He told me Tuesday morning he was having valuations done, but refused outright to tell me which agents or when so that I could be there. I am trying to understand whether I’m at risk that he’ll list the house without me or my input at this stage.
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