I have a lodger living in my flat, its a studio flat and she’s been with me for 18 months. At the time she moved in it was a council flat and I was the tenant, and I notified the council that she was living with me. If I am being honest I had some financial troubles and her contribution helped with my bills and keeping my head above water.
Since she moved in I have gotten a better paying job(about 6 months after she moved in), now travel with work and have recently bought my flat from the council.
Since I started traveling with work she has stopped paying rent, and has now refused to leave. She has threatened me with going to the council and telling them I sub let the property to her as I was not always in residence. I have not informed her that I now own the place and as this assignment with work is one of my longer ones. So far so I have not been back to London for the better part of this year. In this time she has refused to speak to me, respond to texts, emails or phone calls and has changed the locks to MY flat.
She’s refused to leave and I am unsure of my rights as I am not always in residence in the property. There is no tenancy agreement between us and she did not pay a deposit, it was an arrangement of convenience for both of us. The flat is my primary residence in the UK, all my correspondence and bills still go there, although when things got really difficult between us I moved in with my boyfriend whenever I came home.
Can I just change the locks or put her things outside when I am in residence if I can prove I have given her reasonable notice? Any advice would be much appreciated as she’s also threatened legal action if I move out her things from the flat.