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Could you please confirm if it is a joint tenancy agreement that she has signed ?
If the tenancy is a fixed term or rolling periodic monthly one?
So, there was one single joint tenancy agreement for the whole property which she signed with other tenants?
If there is a Lodger agreement that she has signed?
Lodgers are excluded occupants, and do not have a number of rights which a tenant enjoys like deposit protection, exclusive access to the property, right to quiet enjoyment and protection from illegal eviction (including an extended eviction procedure that requires a court decision).
If the occupant is not sharing the house and any of its facilities with the Landlord , then the occupant is a tenant and not a Lodger.
She can not claim her expenses such as for eating out from the Landlord.
She is trying to push her luck too far here.
As she has been used to staying there with other tenants, it does not matter if the tenant is planted by her or they are your AirBnb guests.
So, there is no agreement in place with her?
Ok a Lodger one .
Send her a notice to evict the property in 4 months in line with current COVID 19 guidelines.
You can directly get in touch with the council for her rent payments ,and notifying that housing benefits are used for dining out .
Tell her if she want to keep the whole property to herself then she would be liable for the rent for the whole property.
You need to make a dilapidation claim for that , however, if the tenant has no financial means and on benefits, then it would be of not much use.though.
Yes, she can not keep the whole property for herself. notiffy her that if she wants the exclusive possession of the whole house , then she would have to pay the rent for the whole property.
You can claim damages from the tenant , however, if the tenant has no finances , then it would be a futile exercise.
You have building Insurance in place?
If the tenant intentionally does this, then it would be a criminal matter.
* burn the house I mean.
If the tenant intentionally burn the house, it would be a criminal matter. Mortgage provider can chase you for claiming their loss
If you do not have the relevant insurance cover for such an eventuality.
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