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thank you. I note the agreement refers to the occupants as licensees. What is the basis that you exclude their occupancy from being an assured short hold tenancy? For example, do you provide regular weekly services such as cleaning to the property perhaps or are you a resident landlord?
thank you. Is the occupant also in arrears of rent or is rent payable up to date?
thank you. On the basis that regular service such as cleaning is genuinely provided to the occupants, then this is sufficient to ensure that the arrangement is one of a licence rather than an assured short hold tenancy and based on the terms of the above agreement, the licence runs from week to week and as such, common law provides that notice of one week must be provided to end the agreement with the occupant in question. I note from what you say, two weeks notice has already been provided which on the above facts would appear to be more than sufficient.
If the occupant refuses to leave the property following the end of the notice period, it is possible for you to simply refuse to readmit him or change the locks as applicable and make arrangements to return any belongings left in his room at a time and date of mutual convenience
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