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.
The number of Britons renting from a live-in landlord is on the increase. How does this change the dynamics of sharing a home?Who decides when the heating goes off at night or what to watch on television? Who gets first dibs using the kitchen? And how often should anyone be allowed to take baths or use the washing machine?In a flat-share or house-share, everyone is nominally equal - a tenant - and the landlord is not usually much of a presence. But if your housemate also owns the house, there's an immediate power imbalance.It's an issue for a rising number of lodgers and live-in landlords. Research for the insurance firm LV suggests the proportion of people in Great Britain letting a room had almost doubled from 1.4% to 2.7% between 2009 and 2014, charging £3,003 a year on average.