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  1. Thank you for all your replies. There are certainly some contradictory views there. Things have been complicated by the lodger's father dying on Sunday. My friend has gone to pieces as she feels the lodger will use this as an excuse to emotionally blackmail her into allowing him to stay. My personal feeling is that, out of compassion, she should wait till a week or two after the funeral till she broaches the subject again. Now his father isn't there to object, he can move to his father's house till it's sold. Incidentally, the abuse has all been emotional, not physical,
  2. 1. He moved in 15 years ago, so I guess around 2004. She'd already owned and lived in the house a number of years. 2. No tenancy agreement at any time 3. Their relationship ended in April 2018, so she moved to the spare room and he stayed in the main bedroom. Does that mean that he became a lodger at that point? He had no contract and has paid no rent. He started contributing £100 per month towards bills 6 months ago. I don't know it's significant , but he bought his own bed and some other bits of furniture. He has a koi tank and guinea pigs in hutches in the garden and s
  3. Thank you for your replies. Having read through the links and references it would see that, as an excluded lodger with no rental agreement in place, the amount of notice required depends on whether the lodger pays rent weekly or monthly. In this instance, the lodger doesn't pay rent at all, so I will take the weekly period of 28 days notice. Although the individual has been living in the house for a number of years, it was as the partner of the home owner. He has never paid rent. From 2010 till January 2018 he didn't make any financial contribution at all towards bills. Then, in Jan
  4. A friend of mine needs her lodger to move out of her home, which she owns, and I’m hoping someone can tell me if the lodger has any rights. The lodger moved in with my friend, 15 years ago when they were dating. For the first 7 years he paid her £200 towards food and bills, but he didn’t pay anything once he stopped working in summer 2010. The relationship ended last April, at which point he kicked my friend out of the main bedroom with the en-suite and into the spare room. He has continued to live there rent free and without a contract ever since. Six months ago, my friend insisted he g
  5. Does it make a difference that the landlord sometimes lets out his room and goes to live elsewhere? When my daughter first moved in, he rented his room out for 3 weeks, but he stayed in his other property for a couple of months.
  6. My daughter has phoned the council and they have confirmed the landlord does not need to be licenced.
  7. According to the council website.. 'A HMO licence is needed if a property: has three storeys or more (including cellars, attics, basements, mezzanine floors and loft conversions) and is occupied by five or more people from two or more households and has tenants who share some amenities like kitchen, bathroom or laundry in some cases a maisonette in a house or above commercial premises may need a licence if similarly occupied.' There were 5 tenants sharing facilities, but only 2 stories.
  8. My daughter called the council and was told the landlord didn't have to be registered as the house is less than 3 stories.
  9. There are 4 bedrooms in the house. The landlord rents out 3 and sleeps in the fourth. However, he sometimes rents out the fourth and goes to stay in his other property for the duration.
  10. The landlord is the owner of the property. There was a lock on the door, but my daughter and bf didn't use it. There is no back story. They always got on very well, which is why my daughter is so shocked at his behaviour. Landlord knew my daughter and bf would be leaving soon. Perhaps he just wanted an excuse not to give the deposit back. But that doesn't help my daughter, who needs the deposit back.
  11. My daughter and her boyfriend had been renting a room from a live-in landlord (not sub-letting) for 9 months when he evicted them without notice. He had entered their room without prior arrangement while they were on holiday and found some cigarette burns on the outside window ledge. (He had given the boyfriend permission to smoke out of the window when they moved in). He sent an email advising that they had to move out the day they returned. My daughter and boyfriend had always paid their rent on time, monthly in advance, but had recently changed to weekly payments, by arrangement, as
  12. We checked Travelpack's terms and conditions and they reserved the right to increase their prices up to 72 hours before departure. We checked with Consumer Direct and were advised that this was legal and, although we could fight it, it was unlikely we'd win. We decided the safest course of action would be to cancel the booking and buy the tickets elsewhere. It has taken 3 weeks, but the money has now been credited to my husband's credit card.
  13. Thanks leblueboy. The manager was supposed to call us today, but didn't. We still haven't received the e-tickets, so we'll need to call them. My husband paid on his M&S card and they've told him their legal dept should be able to help him if he doesn't get anywhere.
  14. That's what we were thinking. We're not sure, though, whether it makes a difference that he bought the tickets through an agent rather than direct with the airline.
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