Is this the case, i.e. having to apply for a possession order, even if they have never paid any rent nor has there been any form of written tenancy agreement. In effect they are squatters, and I thought that squatting was now a criminal offence and all we would have to do was to ask the police to evict them?
It now transpires that the father never gave specific permission for the woman and her three children to stay in the flat. The man who was a friend of the father and staying there rent-free simply visited the father when he was in hospital and said "There's these friends of mine, a woman and her three children. Can they stay in the flat for a week or so until they get themselves sorted?" Whether the father, who was heavily sedated, new what he was agreeing to is a moot point. The friend has moved out. leaving the mother and her 3 children living rent free in the flat. As children are involved the PCOL online procedure you recommended cannot be used. So what do we do now? Do we have to leave the electricity and gas supplies on?