Lodger - Severe Drink Problem

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    Lodger - Severe Drink Problem

    I have let a room in my house under a license. The agreement is for 6 months but states Landlord or Lodger can end agreement by giving 1 month notice.

    Lodger been at house 4 weeks and is basically really drunk each evening and weekend.

    I am worried about the possible scenarios that could occur due to the drunken behaviour. I saw the lodger staggering with a hot saucepan from the cooker to the sink.

    Do I have to honour the full months notice?

    Thank you.

    #2
    Do you live in same property?
    Unless T becomes abusive/threatening toward you, I would serve required Notice on Lodger and exclude him on expiry (change the locks).

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      #3
      Assuming you've lived there all the time he has... simply tell he must leave soon - I'd give him 5 days due to dangers/behavior then if he doesn't change the locks.
      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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        #4
        Yes, I live in the same property. Not all the time but at least 75% of the time.

        I will serve the months notice and give a warning that because of the dangers, if the behavior isn't curbed to a safe level, that I will give fresh notice of 5 days and change the locks.

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          #5
          As long as you genuinely have been a resident landlord all that time- see
          http://www.letlink.co.uk/2016-01-21-...ident-landlord


          then you do not need to get a court order.


          If you weren't, all that time, then they have an AST (regardless of the paperwork) and deposit needs sorting (probably returned), s21 issued etc etc etc
          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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            #6
            No, I genuinely live at the same property - no worries with that!

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              #7
              Originally posted by MAPTON View Post
              I will serve the months notice and give a warning that because of the dangers, if the behavior isn't curbed to a safe level, that I will give fresh notice of 5 days and change the locks.
              I would be careful with this. People who are dependent on alcohol (and that seems to be what you are describing) are not able to just change their behaviour on a whim. You will end up in an argument about what constitutes a reasonable level of drinking. I would not discuss curbing drinking or behaviour if I were you, I would just say that if you have cause to believe that his actions are a danger to the house and its occupants you will exclude him earlier than the month.

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                #8
                Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                I would be careful with this. People who are dependent on alcohol (and that seems to be what you are describing) are not able to just change their behaviour on a whim. You will end up in an argument about what constitutes a reasonable level of drinking. I would not discuss curbing drinking or behaviour if I were you, I would just say that if you have cause to believe that his actions are a danger to the house and its occupants you will exclude him earlier than the month.
                Thank you. That does make sense.

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                  #9
                  When someone is dependent on any substance, they are no longer in control of anything.
                  The dependency is in charge.
                  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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                    #10
                    I have been in this exact place about 10 years ago..

                    I let an old friend from school lodge in my spare room.. All was fine for five or six years then something happened and he started drinking more and more and more (he always had at some level).. It all came to a head sunday when I got home from visiting my parents for the weekend to the oven switched on and the gas hob switched on. Was very lucky nothing had caught alight, the house was very very hot from the gas being on.... No idea how long the hob had been on for! House was all locked up and he was nowhere to be seen.. Turns out he had been on a binge all weekend and had gone to the pub again. Had the chat the next day (he was devastated). Helped him move out the day after that.

                    After he had gone I was approached by one of the Neighbours who had to tell him to bugger off when he got home drunk and went to the wrong house, couldnt unlock door so curled up and went to sleep on the doorstep.. Apparently this happened a couple of times!

                    Still see him around, and he still drinks far far too much all the time.

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