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    lodger in my apartment

    hi
    I rented an apartment then left for some reasons and rented a room to 2 guys
    just to do not lose all the money i had to pay for rent meanwile I was not there (now im back in the apartment which its a 3 bedroom flat) .so now that Im back in my room and these people dont wanna pay the rent at all (claiming that for few days they didnt have hot water, this due to some other problems related to all the building btw) and they are unhappy etc, whats the best way to ge rid of them? as lodgers can i give them a 28 days notice ? I ve read that they can be told to move even with less notice in some cases? if they do not pay, is this not a good reason to tell them to go?
    they dont have any contract and its all verbal.
    thanks
    Last edited by mark2008; 21-05-2008, 21:06 PM. Reason: spelling

    #2
    If you were not living in the flat when they started to live in your flat, they could be common law or assured shorthold tenants rather than lodgers. If you evict them by changing the locks (as you can with lodgers) you may find that you are done for illegal eviction.

    I recommend getting legal advice.

    By all means give them 28 day notice to quit letter and see what happens, but do not change the locks unless you are sure.
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      #3
      Why haven't you continued your previous thread Tenant's subtenants complain re no hot water ?

      For the members to be able to suggest how to proceed without you abusing your tenant's rights, please answer the following questions clearly and concisely:
      1. On what date did your tenant first move in?
      2. Did you take a deposit from the tenant?
      3. If a deposit was taken is it in a protected scheme?
      4. For what length of time did you agree with the tenant that they could live at the property?
      5. On what date did you move out?
      6. On what date did you move back?
      7. Is the rent in arrears?
      8. Is the hot water problem resolved?
      9. Have you informed your head landlord that you too have tenants living in their property?

      We'll get to the bottom of this.

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        #4
        sorry as the situation has changed Ive started a new one
        I answer the questions thanks for your help

        n what date did your tenant first move in?
        lets say 2 months ago

        Did you take a deposit from the tenant?
        2 weeks as rent in avance plus 1 week rent

        If a deposit was taken is it in a protected scheme?
        no it was considered as 2 weeks rent in avance plus 1 week rent

        For what length of time did you agree with the tenant that they could live at the property?
        not specified
        they know that they have to tell me with 2 weeks in advance in case they had to move out.

        On what date did you move out?
        I had the other rooms empty where I had my things and move after few days, then put in the other rooms 1 boy ad 1 girl my friend which moved out few days ago so i went back into the flat with my things into the room.Im not always ther thought, as i travel a lot for work.

        On what date did you move back?
        I moved back few days ago in one room.

        Is the rent in arrears?
        yes it is , its 1 week and 2 days now

        Is the hot water problem resolved?
        yes it is but that was a problem related to all the building and not mine, but they obviously looking at excuses t do not pay and have reductions.
        as I explained this its the landlord problem in terms that someone was working at the main pipes in the buildin so in that case I had the problem too and its not my main responsability, as Im also a tenant.
        first they said they were looking to pay half price then nothing, they say that they wanna pay half but they dont pay, then that thay wanna find an other place so I said ok If you dont feel it please go, then they say yes we will go when we will find something else but you cannot tell us to go etc etc.
        same old story I guess. They dont like it but they wanna stay.

        Have you informed your head landlord that you too have tenants living in their property? he knows and its ok even If he didnt write for me any agreemnt on that. I ve got proper contract by the way and I always pay on time etc etc.

        for these people I made a paper statin that they had to pay rent on time , otherwise they would have been charged 5 pounds a day for delay and they had to give 2 weeks notice etc, they signed, they dont have the paper but I do.

        Question its :
        if I ve got one room there they are my lodgers, so doesnt the 28 days notice (or less Ive read in extreme cases) apply?
        How can I tell them to go and pay the rent?
        Or even just to go, I dont see how can be ok that 2 persons stay in a place without payng the full rent etc .

        thanks for the time .

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          #5
          Tell me if I have summarised the situation correctly?
          Originally posted by mark2008
          On what date did your tenant first move in?
          March 2008

          Did you take a deposit from the tenant?
          No

          If a deposit was taken is it in a protected scheme?
          does not apply

          For what length of time did you agree with the tenant that they could live at the property?
          not specified therefore six months before a landlord can legally move to evict an AST tenant)

          On what date did you move out?
          March 2008

          On what date did you move back?
          May 2008

          Is the rent in arrears?
          yes 1 week and 2 days now

          Is the hot water problem resolved?
          yes it is but that was a problem related to all the building and not mine

          Have you informed your head landlord that you too have tenants living in their property?
          yes and he is ok with it
          mark2008, as has previously been stated you do not have lodgers, this person is an AST tenant. If you want to evict then you must abide by the law. You cannot evict them before they have been in occupation six months. By all means you can ask them (nicely) to leave and cross your fingers that they will, but if they know their rights they don't have to until you obtain a court order.

          Would any other members like to comment on this situation?

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            #6
            but..

            if Im into the property am I not having them as lodgers?

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              #7
              When they moved in, did you have a main home elsewhere?
              Did the tenants know that you were definately going to move back?
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                #8
                Originally posted by mark2008 View Post
                if Im into the property am I not having them as lodgers?
                As you posted that they moved in when you moved out (March 2008), you cannot be a resident L.
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                  #9
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                  what about their rent? can they refuse to pay and refuse to move??

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mark2008 View Post
                    what about their rent? can they refuse to pay and refuse to move??
                    Yes, but they still owe you; start county court proceedings to recover debt or contact a debt collector.

                    You need to serve proper notice for them to quit. You cannot apply to court for eviction until they have been there for 6 months if it is an AST. If its a common law tenancy, 4 weeks/1 months notice to quit.

                    You need legal advice.
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