I assume that this
is a house owned by your father and not rented and not local authority housing.
If he wants to rent the room out, to someone who is not a family member, he
must have any mortgage companies consent. Bear that in mind.
It begs the
question as to why, if things are so uncomfortable, your sister does not move
At this stage, your
sister is simply a lodger and therefore she can be asked to leave on one reasonable
notice, which after 20 years would probably be one month's notice.
It is most unlikely
that she would get an injunction to stop him redecorating in the long term, but
would prevent him doing it, except on reasonable notice, probably, once again,
To be honest, the
cost of getting an injunction and the hassle involved is probably going to be
far more than the benefit she receives and it is not something that I would be
encouraging her to pursue unless she wants to risk several thousand pounds
impossible court costs for an action which may not go anywhere.
The harassment is a
different issue and if he is bullying her and being verbally abusive, she can
apply to court for a non-molestation order to prevent him carrying on stop in
addition, she can call the police and they can issue him with a warning under
the Protection from Harassment Act. Please be aware, however, that whether it
is an application for a non-molestation order or whether she is referring the
matter to the police, they will want to know why she does not want to move out.
They are not married and therefore have no children and on these facts, I do
not think that either the court or the police would have a lot of sympathy I am
sorry to have to tell you.
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