The BBC published today an article (see below) regarding the difficulties of living with your landlord - often referred to as being a lodger. 

The article whilst alluding to the difficulties makes no reference whatsoever to the potential outcome if those difficulties cannot be overcome. 

In most renting situations a tenant is given certain rights and protections to ensure that they can remain in a property and cannot be evicted without a Court order. These rights do not extend to a lodger. 

The Protection From Eviction Act 1977 makes it both a criminal offence and a civil wrong to evict a tenant without a court order (even if there is a justifiable reason) and the notice given must be in writing and not less than 4 weeks.  However, section 3A of the act provides that if the property is shared with the landlord as his or her only or principle home then it is excluded and the tenant can be evicted without a court order, and section 5 removes the length of notice for those tenancies. 

What does this mean for tenants. Well, in most cases nothing. Chances are that if you live with the landlord and it isn't working out that you would want to leave pretty swiftly anyway, but you could end up coming home to changed locks and your possessions on the street. Tenants beware - references for the landlord might not be a bad idea.