My lodger and I have come to blows over the last few months, and now the frosty atmosphere, and the minor problems she's caused when finding a new lodger for my other room, not cleaning enough and her general attitude make me feel it's probably time for a new one.
I've lived there for 5 years, she has lived there 2.5 years, and I have another new lodger (which she tried to cause problems with moving in). I spent 10 months last year travelling (does this alter lodger/tenant status at all?) and this year will take on some contract work away from home so will be away a great deal of the time, but will still pop back from time to time to see my friends.
She isn't paying enough rent and I plan to try and increase it, I had hoped to speak to her about it in person but with the atmosphere I think this will be difficult, I also suspect she can't afford it, but in any case, I think I want someone new in and maybe a refusal to pay increased rent will be a excuse to ask her to leave.
She signed an agreement when she moved in, but I haven't got a copy and didn't renew it regularly, it basically said either party would give a months notice.
Today she sent what I felt was a haughty text message abuot a gate card followed by "also just wondering if u could let me know what's going on with regards 2 if uve moved out now or if ull b coming bck,if ur going 2 b coming & going I would appreciate a bit of notice just so I know what's going on." which my initial reaction was, why on earth should I have to say what my comings and goings are! I told her I was not 'moving out' and that I would be back from time to time when I felt like it. This really this is the final straw and the stress is something I could do without.
Is it as easy as just serving notice since I have been away, and will soon be away again? Would appreciate any advice.