Hi Im new today
Want to make you aware of a problem that I only learned about the hard way.
I have been in this co tenant house for 5 years. When I advertised myself on a well known site I was contacted by a landlord and went to view. The advert said he was a live in landlord then during the interview he said he stays rarely so myself and the then co tenant basically have the house to ourselves. I signed a lodgers agreement. I didnt realise he would then just leave us to it. Time went on and he inferred that for tax reasons he says he lives in. I kept out of his finances of course so I just went with it.
HE HAS NEVER lived here. He has never maintained or cleaned his house. Never had any safety checks done. He will not settle any issues between myself and other tenant unyet he will just walk in unannounced to access a room he keeps as storage.Anytime of the day or night he appears like a ghost even allowing his family keys… Has full control of the out buildings and gardens and frequently lets people use the drive.
Last year after being threatened by him I sought legal advice and it turned out that this live in landlord sham is all about not issuing an AST and then of course making life easier and still allowing himself the best of both worlds. I have been robbed of the independence and privacy a private rental would bring : Id be able to choose my co tenant, sort disputes, do the gardens, use the garage and reclaim the 2nd living room and the drive! even decorate etc. and convenience of being a lodger: landlord on site, responsible for his home, maintains it, cares for it, witnesses issues and settles them)
Im neither. He has his cake has ate it and mine. DONT let this happen to you. It is not funny, its not healthy. I feel like hes ‘allowing’ me to live here. There is zero respect. I stay because I am not in a position to move right now but all relationship has broken down.