She was presumably claiming a resulting and/or constructive trust, which is notoriously difficult to win.
Ideally, you should always demand some share of a property, as soon as you contribute anything significant, whether to upkeep, extensions or to pay off a mortgage etc.
In reality, people don’t because it’s tricky to arrange while the property has a mortgage on it - you’d have to get permission from the mortgage lender, get reassessed, they may insist both of you are on the mortgage. Eugh! A headache and expensive.
If you’re not going that route, as a minimum, think about it carefully and write down what you’ve agreed
This is partly the driver for having a pre-nup. I was always dead against them as I feel they aren’t romantic (obviously!) but actually it can avoid messy and expensive issues like this should the worse happen. I have to keep in mind that you do this without ever thinking you’ll need to enact it and that makes it easier.
Obviously if they agreed her actions, she deserves something, but I do feel it’s a rookie error to have spent £100k and pay off a mortgage without taking some legal advice or protection.
My advice when she was paying off the mortgage would have been to insist on a fair share (ie with a valuation, as the mortgage probably no longer reflected the market value), as it’s relatively easy to do, if it’s no longer encumbered by a mortgage.
But yeah, bottom line is that simple forms witnessed and signed for these situations would be a major step forward
“Growing numbers of students in England have pledged to withhold rent on university accommodation they cannot use during the Covid lockdown”
I do really feel for uni students at the moment. Uni isn’t cheap, and they’re definitely not getting their money’s worth. Saying that I’m not sure that refusing to pay their rent will do them much good!?
What do you guys think about it all? Do you think they should get a reduction in rent?