A friend of mine agreed to take in, for a few weeks, a visitor from Northern India, purportedly on a holiday Visa, to help her out. The young lady has since been applying for work around the country from my friends house, but also taking outrageous advantage of my friends kindness, using her possessions and phoning India etc.
Two weeks ago my friend asked this Visitor to find another place to stay, and gave her till today to do so. The young lady is now saying she has nowhere to go and is refusing to leave--and this morning, it was later discovered, even took my friends housekeys so that she could get back in when she plans to return later today to sleep.
It has been recommended that the front door lock be changed, and I could go to B&Q and get a new Yale lock--the next door neighbour has volunteered to change it for my friend, but I am worried what the outcome will be when this lady returns, finds she cannot get in--and there are her belongings left outside--including her laptop?
This drastic action does seem brutal, but my friend does not know where to get information advising her as to the right thing to do, especially with the weekend coming up. I am new in the area but I was going to find out if there are Hostels in Bristol where this lady could stay till she sorts herself out. Besides which, if she is looking for work--as a Social Worker of all things, isn't that illegalunless you have the right sort of Visa?
I might add that my friend has been coping with a situation where her 42 year old husband has for the past two years been hospitalized following Meningitis and then a stroke and now has "Locked In syndrome. My friend works very hard at all sorts of jobs trying to ensure that the mortgage payments are kept up, (which is why she agreed to take the lady from India as a temporary tenant--however, she is now having difficulty even getting payment from her for the accommodation she has provided--and general use of my friends house.
The main thing is: What to do tonight, and what is the legal position my friend is in now? I would appreciate your advice. Actually if you would prefer to respond to her directly, her email address is: [email protected]
Telephone number: 0117-9022880
Yours truly, XXXXX (email:[email protected]