Staying in your partner's property during a divorce or separation

Apply if the property is registered

Download and fill in the application for registration of a notice for home rights.

Send it to HM Land Registry’s Citizen Centre. There’s no fee.

HM Land Registry
Citizen Centre
PO Box 74
Gloucester
GL14 9BB

You’ll get a letter from HM Land Registry telling you when they’ve registered your rights. Your spouse or civil partner will also get a letter telling them you’ve done this.

If you want to move to a different property

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.

Download and fill in the application for registration of a notice for home rights.

Send it to HM Land Registry’s Citizen Centre. There’s no fee.

HM Land Registry
Citizen Centre
PO Box 74
Gloucester
GL14 9BB

Follow the application process for unregistered properties if the property you’re moving into isn’t registered - you can search the register to find out if it’s registered.

Staying in the property after divorce or separation

You may be able to continue living in your home for longer, for example if a court has made a ‘continuation order’ allowing you to do so during an ongoing dispute about who owns what.

How you apply depends on whether you’ve already registered your home rights.

Download and fill in either an:

Send the form, along with an official copy of the court’s continuation order, to HM Land Registry’s Citizen Centre. There’s no fee.

HM Land Registry
Citizen Centre
PO Box 74
Gloucester
GL14 9BB

You’ll get a letter from HM Land Registry telling you when they’ve registered your continued rights. Your ex-spouse or civil partner will also get a letter telling them you’ve done this.