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Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
On what legal basis if the Landlord is doing this, if 4 of you have the property?
Do you have lodger agreements or an agreement for the whole building?
Is that signed by all 4 people?
Does it allow the Landlord to add tenants?
ok. But only 4 signed the agreement. There was never a fifth?
Ok - are you paying extra rent to cover the 5th?
Just to be clear, when did you start the tenancy? Did you get pay for this 5th person?
But the 5th tenant signed the agreement?
Ok - the Landlord can NOT put someone else in. The term says:
"tenant must find someone to continue with their contract to term or the remaining tenants will be responsible to cover their rent" and
"The Landlord, or Agent, must approve the replacement tenant/s"It does NOT say that the Landlord can place a tenant. Therefore as such the Landlord is in breach of contract. You should get a Solicitor to write and say the Landlord cant do this and if he does you will get an injunction.
Or you can get an injunction now to stop him. Therefore you can issue proceedings using form N208:
The court will list the matter for hearing and decide whether to stop the Landlord.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
All the best.