Lodger refusing to pay rent for time spent away on holiday?Make Text Bigger
I rent a flat with my boyfriend and we have rented out our spare bedroom with our landlord’s permission.
When the girl living with us moved in I told her that I would have relatives staying with us for a week in a couple of months and that the flat would be more crowded than usual. She said she was fine with it.
Later when my parents came to visit she offered her room for them to stay saying that she could stay with friends (I have emails from her saying that she wanted me to enjoy my parents without having to worry about disturbing her). I told her that she could decide what would be best for her, and that if she decided to leave for two weeks she would not have to pay rent for two weeks.
She went to her friend’s house on the 30th August and my parents left the house on the 10th September. She could have come back on that day, but she decided to stay at her friend’s house for two more days until the 12th when she went on holiday for 10 days. She came back on the 23rd. On the 26th (Saturday), when I asked her for the rent for the last two weeks, she said she had little money, lots of things to pay for, and that she did not know when she would be able to pay me.
Two weeks later when I had my boyfriend speak to her, she screamed at him and said that she would not pay because she had given away her room so that my family could use it. Of course that was not the case because she was not charged for the period that she spent with friends, and I made it very clear in one of my emails that she would be charged for the other two weeks.
She has now decided not to pay rent anymore and I told her she has to leave the flat in one week. Since she is not paying rent I have blocked her access to the internet, and because of that she has disconnected the network cables (the router is plugged in her room).
If I take her to court for rent arrears after she moves out, what are my chances of winning the case?
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