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Ash, Solicitor
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Recently we signed an assured short hold tenancy agreement

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Recently we signed an assured short hold tenancy agreement with a tenant to rent an annex to our main house. It was due to commence on 1 November 2015. He paid a holding deposit and we are about to put that into a government approved deposit protection scheme. Prior to occupation he asked if he could move in his kit and, foolishly, we gave him keys so that he could do this. However, we noticed yesterday, Monday 2 November, that he was sleeping in the premises even though he has not paid his initial rent. The matter may be settled amicably but I fear I might have been tricked by a squatter. Am I too late to change the locks or must I apply to the court for eviction?
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No you can't change the locks, you must get a court order. Anything residential means you must have a court order.
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