Families and relationships

Living with other people can be complicated. Whether they are family members, your husband, wife or civil partner, an opposite sex or same-sex partner. Your rights will vary depending on the legal status of your relationship and whether you own or rent your home. This area of law is very complex, so you may need face-to-face advice about your individual circumstances.

If you would like to speak with an adviser about a family or relationship related housing problem, call Shelter Cymru’s advice and support services on 0345 075 5005 or visit advice near you to find an advice surgery locally where you can talk to someone in person.

Contact us

For urgent advice please call our expert housing advice helpline on 0345 075 5005

or, for non-urgent enquiries please use our email advice service. An adviser will aim to reply to emails within five working days.

Advice near you

Advice near you
Shelter Cymru operate numerous advice centres and surgeries across Wales. To find out when there is an adviser in your area, visit advice near you and find your local area.

Civil partnerships

Civil partnerships allow same-sex couples the chance to enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as people who are married

Relationship breakdown

This section is designed to help you work out the options and rights you have to your home if you split up from your partner

Living with family

This section looks at housing issues that can arise if you live with another person who is a member of your family

Renting long term solutions

Your decision will be based on the rights you have to your rented home, and other personal circumstances

Home ownership long term solutions

The options you have when you’re splitting up with a civil partner, spouse or unmarried partner will be based on the rights you both have to your home

Domestic abuse

If a person you live with or have lived with has abused you – whether physically or not – you could be experiencing domestic abuse

Death in the household

If someone you live with dies, having lived in your home for a long time doesn’t automatically give you the right to stay there

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 0345 075 5005.

Shelter Cymru acknowledges the support of Shelter in allowing us to adapt their content. The information contained on this site is updated and maintained by Shelter Cymru and only gives general guidance on the law in Wales. It should not be regarded or relied upon as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

Page last updated: Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:49 am