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Hi, thanks for the question. I’m Chris and I’m a Solicitor in litigation matters. I will be happy to assist you and hope to provide a full response as quickly as possible.
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Sorry to hear about the issue with your tenant. Can I just check, is this person a lodger and you both live in the same property?
Thanks for the clarification Please do upload a copy of the agreement.
I was just following up to see if there is anything else I can assist you with today? If so, just let me know. If not, then I am happy to have been able to assist you.
By way of a general overview, there is no need to secure a deposit if it is a lodger agreement. You can therefore use that deposit if the lodger moves out before giving you the correct notice period contained within the agreement. You can also sue the lodger for loss of rent, although you have a duty to mitigate your loss (ie. see if you can get another lodger in soon - you can't just sit back until August). I would not worry about their argument of you coming into their room. It does not sound as though it has merits. Even if it did, the lodger could only sue for breach of agreement which brings with it damages (compensation). You could not, in my mind, put any loss figure on that.
I hope that assists and the matter gets resolved. All the best.
No problem at all.