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Dear justanswer, Im renting and living in a flat and with

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Dear justanswer,
I'm renting and living in a flat and with my landlords permission I rent it to subtenants. One of my subtenants gave me the notice to move out but two weeks later he changed his mind but I told him no because I've already found someone for the room. He is now being stubborn telling me he won't leave. I've checked it on different websites if it was legal to change the locks. Since I'm his immediate landlord and I'm living in the house and we share common areas makes him an excluded tenant with no protection against it. Am I right?
Thank you

Hello, I am Law Denning and I am a practising solicitor in a High
Street practice. I have been an expert on this website in UK law since 2008.
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It is my pleasure to try and assist you with this today. Please bear with me while I gather some further information from you in order for me to be able to advise you fully.

What type of tenancy agreement do you have?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It's an assured shorthold tenancy. Renewing yearly for the past 4 years









Well
done. You are absolutely right. He has no security of tenure. You are the
assured short hold tenant and he is merely a guest in your house.



You
are entitled to give him reasonable notice which would probably be one week.
You are also entitled to excluding from the property and if that means changing
the locks, do so. If he breaks in, call the police with a view to having him
prosecuted for criminal damage.



If the
tenant (I use the word loosely) thinks that he has any more rights than that of
an unwelcome guest, he is an idiot.



You
might want to print this answer off and show it to him.



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