I have a property that I rented out to two people in a joint and several manner in England.
One of the named tenants left and someone else took their place and paid half of the rent to my managing agent. However, nothing was changed with regards to the assured shorthold tenancy (AST).
The remaining named tenant gave formal notice to leave and the notice will expire at the end of August. She also gave notice to the other occupier to leave last month. We believe the other occupier is to be treated as a lodger, even though they pay their rent to my managing agent directly, rather than via the renaming, named tenant.
The problem is that the other occupier does not want to leave and we believe they will be difficult to evict as they are no longer replying to any messages.
Is it correct to treat this occupier that may refuse to voluntarily leave as a lodger and, as such, treat the occupation as an excluded tenancy?
At the end of the notice to end the AST, can I let myself into the property? Can I change the locks? Can I non-forcefully evict the occupier? Can I turn off the electricity supply? Would the police help with this as a trespass if the occupier does not leave?
Presumably, all costs are liable by the named tenants as the AST stated the property was to be returned vacant?
I plan to sell the property once vacant.