When a marriage or relationship fails, dividing assets is emotional. Sell your home fast and break free from the past.
The inevitable has happened. The house you bought together is now at risk because you decided to divorce and end the relationship.
You must decide how best to tackle the joint property you own once you’re no longer a couple and figure out whether it’s best to sell the house or let one person live there.
Our compassionate team ensures you feel safe and informed throughout.
Property Saviour has been helping people like you deal with a house sale after their divorce or relationship breakup for many years across England and Wales.
Our small, friendly team of experts understand that it’s a difficult time, often fraught with high emotion and difficult memories.
As husband and wife, you may have held separate assets, combined everything, or a mixture of both.
Let us help you make a clean break from the past and free up cash to enjoy the next part of your life’s journey.
If you are a couple who are joint property owners, you both need to agree to sell for the sale to go ahead.
Otherwise, if the relationship is not on speaking terms, you may have to apply for a court order to sell the jointly owned property.
Yes, your partner could refuse to sell the house after a divorce in the UK. They have the right to do so if you are both joint property owners. There are a few things you can do if your partner refuses to sell the house:
It is important to seek legal advice to sell a property after divorce. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and they can represent you in court if necessary.
The court will consider these factors when deciding whether to order a sale:
The court will also consider whether there are any other reasons why a sale would be unfair or unreasonable. For example, if the property is the family home and one of the parties needs to continue living there, the court may refuse to order a sale.
If one person wants to sell the house and one doesn’t in England, these are one of three possibilities:
If selling a house during divorce in the UK, you may owe capital gains tax (CGT) on any profit.
Seek financial advice to understand tax implications and claim all exemptions you’re entitled to when selling a house after divorce. CGT is due within 30 days of the sale. More information is on the HMRC website.
If you are the sole owner of the property, you can sell the property. Please ensure you have legal advice regarding splitting up assets before selling.
We are by your side if you sell a house after a divorce. Make sure both of you agree to this; we’d be happy to help.
Sadly, the rate of couples getting divorced now is higher than at any point in the last 50 years. Lifestyle and moral values plus external stressors on the relationship often contribute, as does the strain of joint property ownership and shared financial responsibilities in an ever-changing, fast-paced world.
We obviously wouldn’t wish to speculate on any relationship situation, but according to official sources by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), adultery still remains the most common cause for divorce.
The rise of easy-to-access dating sites, neglect of one partner’s needs if the other is a workaholic, alcoholism, gambling and substance use disorders.
Alarmingly, domestic violence (to both men and women) can become untenable factors in maintaining a healthy relationship. Keeping a home together when you feel trapped, anxious, unloved, sexually neglected or mentally drained is often too much to cope with.
Once you’ve decided to make the break, the reality sets in that there are assets to consider.
As a responsible and ethical company registered in the UK, we would always advise you to seek support for any domestic violence situations.
Get independent financial advice regarding the relevant legal channels for your circumstances, before you make any long-term decisions about selling your home.
Your safety must always be a priority.
There are several options if you want to sell your house before or after a relationship or marriage breaks down. We’ve compared them below:
Cash house buyer
Up to 6 months
Up to 3 months
Up to 10 days or quicker
2% plus VAT
2% plus VAT plus entry cost
We'll pay you £1,500
Up to 95%
Up to 80%
Up to 75%
Estate agents may not be suitable for some people as they will bring potential buyers to the house for viewings. This could worsen your situation if you are trying to sell house secretly without your husband, wife or ex-partner knowing.
They can also take 3 to 6 months to sell, and charge fees and commissions that you may not be able to afford.
Selling at auction is another option, particularly if the house is run down, neglected or not up to the usual standard a buyer would require.
Selling at auction is complicated if you don’t understand the process, with fees to the auction house payable, plus fees for marketing materials. If you want to go down this route, our Property Saviour team can help you with an assisted sale at auction.
The quickest and simplest option is often to sell your house to us for cash.
We are the buyer, so there is no middleman, and you deal with one of our property specialists throughout the whole process. That means we can answer any questions you have, and be there to support you with any additional needs, such as arranging a house clearance.