Home rights for non-owning or non-contract-holder spouse or civil partner
If one spouse or civil partner is the sole owner or sole contract-holder of the matrimonial home, the other spouse or civil partner has home rights. ‘Home rights’ is a legal term that generally means that the non-owning or non-contract-holder partner can live in the home as if they were the owner or contract-holder.
Home rights for non-owning or non-contract-holder cohabitee (unmarried/not in a civil partnership)
If you are living with someone but are not the sole or joint contract-holder or owner, you will need to apply for an occupation order if you want to get home rights, which would allow you to stay in the home. Home rights will only last as long as the occupation order does. If you want to establish long-term rights to the home, you will have to go to court to prove beneficial interest.