Tenant's girlfriend staying over 3-4 days every week (London)
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John1979
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I let a 3-bedroom flat in London, which used to be my main home. Each of the three tenants has a separate tenancy (the NRLA's Room‐only Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement). The three tenants each have exclusive access to their own bedroom, but share common areas (bathroom, kitchen and living room).

One of the tenants, who rents a small single bedroom has his girlfriend to stay at the flat 3-4 nights each week. My other tenants are unhappy because the tenant in question has refused to contribute to shared costs (loo roll, cleaning materials), occupies the bathroom for long periods and doesn't do any communal cleaning. He also refuses to talk to them about these issues. The tenancy states that 'Nobody else, including any children, are allowed to live in the Property without our written permission (which will not be unreasonably withheld).'

From midnight on Friday, it will be illegal for two households to mix indoors in London. My tenants want me to intervene, but I'm not sure what power I have to enforce the clause mentioned above given the current pause on evictions and do not want my relationship with the tenant in question to deteriorate as I have previously experienced an incredibly vindictive tenant and would not want to repeat the experience.

I'm considering serving a section 8 notice to him in the most diplomatic way possible to say that I want to move back in to my home (with 6 months' notice).

Any and all advice would be gratefully received:
- the best way to discourage the tenant's girlfriend from entering the property after midnight tomorrow?
- the best way to gain possession of the room?

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