Excluded Tenancies or Licenses
If you’re a landlord and your tenant lives with you (for example, a lodger), you do not need to produce an eviction notice or go to court to evict them. You only need to give the tenant ‘reasonable notice’, which doesn’t need to be in writing.
There are no predefined rules on what determines reasonable notice, and it will depend on a variety of factors such as:
- How long the tenant has been living there
- How often the tenant pays rent
- The tenant’s relationship with the landlord
- How quickly the landlord needs another person to move in
After giving the tenant(s) reasonable notice, you can change the locks even without the tenant(s) removing their belongings – however, you will have to return their belongings to them.
A tenant may feel the notice was unreasonable. In this case, they’ll likely contact their local council and request legal action against you on the grounds the eviction was illegal. It’s therefore recommended to at least have some evidence of the notice, either formally or informally, so that you have some evidence to produce if required.