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I mistakenly gave a lodger the wrong agreement. it was supposed to be a lodger agreement but I gave an assured Tenancy agreement for an en-suite room in my house. This was done in a hurry as I was about to undergo hip replacement surgery, (March 2020).After surgery lockdown started I therefore stayed elsewhere in a bubble. The lodger has asked for a section 21 which I cannot give as the conditions for Tenancy were not fulfilled. However the agreement stated that a month`s notice was acceptable to both sides. I gave a notice to quit ,which was signed and dated by the lodger. Now she is refusing to pay any rent and has taken advice from the housing department who tells me that she can stay for 4 months without paying rent and to get her out will require court proceedings and also I shouldn`t be in my home as she has a tenancy agreement, even though it clearly states an en-suite room in the house. I need advice as to next steps please or a recommended solicitor who deals with these types of situations. Thanks
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: Apart from asking her to sign the Notice to quit which she has done. I have a record of the messages sent to and fro.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: This only happened about an hour ago, when the Housing department at Richmond contacted me. Last evening I did message to say that as the rent is now 5 days overdue I can change the locks on my front door.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I am extremely concerned about this as I have never insisted that she leaves but as she has lost her job she wants to be rehoused by the local authority. She is Russian BTW

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Customer: replied 11 days ago.
That’s fine. Thank you John

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