Tenant or Lodger?

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    #16
    Well you are not a lodger then no matter what the contract says you are.

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      #17
      Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
      Well you are not a lodger then no matter what the contract says you are.
      As Andrew wisely says:

      For the classic case on sham licence/lodger agreements see "Street v Mountford"
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_v_Mountford
      You've got an AST:
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #18
        I can only repeat, the landlord doesn't know what they're doing, their behaviour is unacceptable and you need to find somewhere else to live.

        If you live in the property and cannot exclude the landlord you would probably be an excluded occupier, which doesn't seem to suit you.
        You wouldn't be a lodger.

        If you change the locks to keep the landlord out, you might morph into a tenant.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #19
          Originally posted by Felics View Post
          not at the address im living at.
          Do they have a room? I rented a room mid.week off a woman, who then took a job in Germany, and then via a friend doing the admin, moved 2 more lodgers in.
          I'm sure that after I left, one of the lodgers sued her for failing to protect the deposit.
          She had a 4th room which she said was hers, but I don't think she did use it in.the 8.months I was there.

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            #20
            She probably has an HMO in that case, as well.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #21
              I would go talk to citizens' advice, as there are many questions that need answering to give a robust answer.

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                #22
                wow what a mess, excluding the lodger/ast side of things and given this '' house '' is under development are you sure the gas and electrics are safe ? The landlord sounds dodgy and incompetent but are you willing to put your health at risk by being in a dwelling that is dangerous...... desperate times i guess.

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