Lodger Late Rent Eviction Notice

If you have a lodger in your home and they have fallen in rent arrears, you can serve the notice below.

Before serving notice to your lodger, you should read your lodger agreement carefully, because many agreements often say that the lodger’s license to occupy your property will automatically terminate if they are in two months of rent arrears. However, you will still need to give him a formal letter asking your lodger to vacate.

It is also a good idea to talk to your lodger before serving them an eviction notice, because there might be a reasonable explanation for why the rent is late, and there could also be a solution to suit both parties. For example, if you have a good lodger, you might consider allowing a temporary rent reduction.

Asking your lodger to leave – in the case of rent arrears – generally only requires a letter, saying that you are giving them 28 days (or whatever other period is appropriate) notice to leave. The letter should ask them to leave, with the reason for why specified.

[Lodger full name]
[Address 1]
[Address 2]

Date: [Today’s date]

Reference: [Property address]

Dear [Lodger name],

You currently have a lodger agreement with me because you share accommodation with me in my home.

However, currently the rent amount of [£ arrears amount] remains unpaid.

I therefore give you notice that I require you to vacate the room, facilities you share with me and my home on or before [insert date ideally 28 days from now but can be 14 days if the circumstances are appropriate. This date must be “reasonable”].

Please note: as you are a lodger in my home, if you fail to vacate on or before the date given above, I do not require a court order to enforce this notice because you are excluded from that requirement (see section 3A Protection from Eviction Act 1977 available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk).

Any personal belongings that remain in my home after the date mentioned above will be treated as abandoned and disposed of, the costs of which will be payable by you.

For further information, please see this Gov.UK page about lodgers: https://www.gov.uk/rent-room-in-your-home/your-lodgers-tenancy-type.

If you are unsure about the contents of this letter you are urged to seek independent legal advice.

Yours sincerely,

[Landlord signature]

[Landlord name]

Other sample notices (available for use)

Please note, Section 21 and section 8 notices are used for assured shorthold tenants and therefore should not be used for evicting lodgers.

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