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Girl renting room in house refusing to move out

  • 04-08-2022 7:43am
    Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    So I have a 4 bedroom / 2 bathroom house in Dublin that's registered as my PPR and the bills are in my name. There are 4 people in the house and I rent each bedroom individually to people for short or long term, and they share the kitchen and cleaning of the common spaces etc. I was living abroad for several years and moved back in March 2020 and also rented rooms individually while I was away. In January this year the house became my PPR but I haven't stayed there as I can work remotely with my job and I've been staying in my home town in the north west looking after an elderly relative that hasn't been well.

    A girl moved in on March 15th and things were fine for a while, but she started a couple of rows with others in the house, and one night in late June she had a friend around that got abusive and had to be removed from the house. So for these reasons I gave her 4 weeks notice at the end of June to move out by August 1st, and shortly after my cousing asked had I a spare room as she was starting a new job on August 2nd, so I gave this as another reason.

    Eventually she said she found another place from August 1st and would move out, but on July 23rd she said the agency informed her there was a delay and that her new place won't be available until August 23rd, and she needs to stay in the room until then. I told her this wasn't possible and she replied with quotes from the RTB website saying I'm required to give her 3 months notice and my behavior was unlawful. I replied saying she was a licensee and not a tenant with links to the RTB site showing the definition of licensee:

    and also to showing the rights a licensee has when renting an individual room from the owner of a property:

    So she's now stopped replying to my messages and doesn't answer my calls. I'm not in Dublin at the moment but another person in the house told me she's still there. I had told my cousin she could move into the room on August 1st but now she can't and has to stay in a hotel.

    So some questions:

    - am I correct in saying that each person in the house is a licensee? Point 3 in the link to the RTB website above seems to indicate this

    - what are my rights if I want to get this girl to leave. I'll be in the house next weekend, can I pack her stuff and store it somewhere?

    Below is a pic of the agreement I have with each person in the house. All advice appreciated.



  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    Fair enough, but what about point 3 in the RTB link above:

    What is a licensee:

    A licensee is a person who occupies accommodation under license. Licensees can arise in all sorts of accommodation but most commonly in the following four areas;

    1. persons staying in hotels, guesthouses, hostels, etc.,
    2. persons sharing a house/apartment with its owner e.g. under the ‘rent a room’ scheme or ‘in digs’,
    3. persons occupying accommodation in which the owner is not resident under a formal license arrangement with the owner where the occupants are not entitled to its exclusive use and the owner has continuing access to the accommodation and/or can move around or change the occupants,
    4. persons staying in rented accommodation at the invitation of the tenant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    If it makes a difference there's another unused room in the house with a mattress, and I tell people before they move in that I may stay there occasionally. My intention was to move back in to the house this year but circumstances have meant that that hasn't happened yet.

    Post edited by Some_randomer on

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭ Tonesjones

    Do you earn the first 12 or is it 14k per year tax free as it is registered as your home?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    My intention was to move back in to the house this year but circumstances have meant that that hasn't happened yet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    Thanks for the replies. I'm still unclear on point 3 from the RTB link above, which defines a licensee as:

    persons occupying accommodation in which the owner is not resident under a formal license arrangement with the owner where the occupants are not entitled to its exclusive use and the owner has continuing access to the accommodation and/or can move around or change the occupants,

    This seems to say that the owner doesn't need to live in the property. The other points apply in that I have moved occupants around in the past, and I have continuing access to the accommodation.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2 brigid.coates

    Unless the OP is the owner of another property which he may want to sell in the future I don't think his arrangement will cause him difficulty. I know of one individual who had two houses, was living in one and letting the other under the rent a room scheme. This person was giving the "rent a room" house as the PPR to the revenue. You can only have one PPR,obviously, so when the other place was sold it incurred CGT. The OP seems to be spending most of his time in a caring role in the the home of a relative. It is difficult to see how this could interfere with his rights under the rent-a room scheme.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10 peacock_lane

    Arrangements like the OP's are pretty common where they don't technically live there but come and go freely (if they want to) to collect post or whatever. If you think about it the other way round and someone was describing this as a tenancy we'd all be outraged that the LL keeps a mattress in the spare room and says they might sleep over a few nights here and there. Point 3 quoted from the PRTB website seems to acknowledge that.

    As to what you can actually do about encouraging this girl to leave when she says she has nowhere to go until August 23rd I don't know - this forum is peppered with threads about difficulties getting licensees to leave. What you're legally within your rights to do and what you are able to do on the day will be two different things.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,684 ✭✭✭ dogbert27

    Why don't you call the RTB and ask?

    I don't mean that in a flippant way. Point 3 sounds similar to your situation so they should be able to tell you.

    Also they only signed the agreement on the 15th of March so even if they were classed as a tenant it's still only 1 months notice up to the first 6 months.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,064 ✭✭✭ Browney7

    My own view is that if you are seeking to do licencee arrangements and given the way the market for rentals at present is, you're mad to put "at least 6 months" in that agreement. You're just creating difficulties and confusion for yourself by putting it in there in my view.

    I'd also stop calling it a "letting agreement". Deformalise it and make it a "house rules" style document for future reference. You're just putting stuff in writing you don't need to do for the type of arrangement you are trying to implement.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,932 ✭✭✭✭ Cuddlesworth

    I would think if you tried to evict her, you would be liable to a RTB and then court judgement for two reasons.

    You do not live in the property. There have been other cases of Landlords "keeping" a room and bills in their name and chancing their arm with claiming its a licensee situation, it didn't work out for them. If you spent at least a bit of time there maybe not, but it seems like you hardly ever even turn up to the property.

    Your arrangement gives her exclusivity of the house, she needs to facilitate and agree to third party's entering not only her room but the entire property. Eg, if I rent a room in my house, they don't get a say who comes and goes. Same with hotels for example, cleaners, workmen, staff can leave and enter your room with only a reasonable expectation of privacy(knocking before hand).

    The main difference between a tenant and a licensee defined in legislation is "exclusivity".

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭ POBox19

    You have agreed with her a term from 15/3/2022 for at least six months. She should not have to move out until September 15th. Issue a notice to quit before August 15th.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,720 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    Speaking generally, you can have exclusivity in a licence. But you cannot have a tenancy without it.

    However, what the document/agreement purports to be, is not necesarily what determines what it will be judged to be. YYou can explicitly draft a licence agreement, have everyone sign it blah blah and later on, after a dispute, it can be judged to be a tenancy.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 262 ✭✭ DFB-D

    The problem is that you cannot rely on that explanation.

    It's not part of the RTB act, but does refer to student type accommodation blocks as far as I am aware.

    No such luck for you I would say.

    But look eitherway, she is out in a few weeks, has she paid rent to date?

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    She has been paying the rent every month in or around the 1st of each month, but she hasn't paid rent for August.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Issue a notice saying she's late for rent. Today, if you can. First thing tomorrow if not.

    Trust me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    Thanks, does this need to be a written letter or will email / WhatsApp message suffice?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,955 ✭✭✭ 893bet

    Since you moved back to Ireland in March 2020 have you lived in the house?

    From you post you were abroad.

    Came home in March 2020 but didn’t live in the house.

    It became your PPR in January but you still have not moved there.

    Maybe this girl who moved in after it became your PPR could be considered a licensee. All the rest are tenants with tenancy right then? It’s messy. Resolve amicable if it all possible. If she decides to dig heels in then your are in stuck with the law on her side.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,690 ✭✭✭ spaceHopper

    you are in a very grey area and if she went to the RTB you could lose, face facts you don't live there now. See what happens on the 23rd but tell her to pay her rent now. If she digs her heels in your bets bet it to take back the whole house for yourself and when you move back in get new housemates, make sure to say over every week or two for a few nights.

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    I called the RTB today and explained the situation. The person I spoke looked up point 3 of the licensee definition and said it appears that I have a licensee arrangement with the people in the house, but that I should get legal advice to make sure that's the case.

  • Registered Users Posts: 379 ✭✭ Some_randomer

    @dennyk Thanks for the reply, very helpful info there. Regarding the girl's anti-social behaviour on June I downloaded the "Sample Notice of Termination - Anti-Social Behaviour.docx" document and went through it. In it, it says:

    "If a tenant breaches his or her obligations in respect of ASB under the Act, then a warning notice followed by a 28 day notice should be given. The warning notice should allow a reasonable opportunity to either remedy or discontinue the ASB if the duration of the tenancy is 6 months or more. Generally no preliminary warning notice needs to be served in respect of a tenancy if the duration of the tenancy is less than 6 months (a non Part 4 tenancy) or if the nature of the ASB warrants a 7 day notice (see note below)." (Italics emphasis mine).

    It goes on to define anti-social behavior as

    "To "behave in a way that is anti-social" means to;

    (a) engage in behaviour that constitutes the commission of an offence, being an offence the commission of which is reasonably likely to affect directly the well-being or welfare of others,

    (b) engage in behaviour that causes, or could cause fear, danger, injury, damage or loss to any person living, working or otherwise lawfully in the dwelling concerned or its vicinity and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, includes violence, intimidation, coercion, harassment or obstruction of, or threats to, any such person"

    It then goes on to say:

    There is no requirement to provide a warning notice where the alleged anti-social behaviour equates to (a) or (b) above or where the behaviour threatens the fabric of the dwelling or the property containing the dwelling. In such an instance a 7 day notice of termination may be served. Note that, in circumstances where a landlord is seeking to terminate a tenancy by providing a period of 7 days notice, a high burden of evidentiary proof may be required to show that such a 7 day notice period was appropriate having regard to the circumstances.

    On July 27th (8 days ago) I emailed her, attaching a pdf with the following (I gave the date as August 1st as that was 4 weeks from when I first asked her to move out):

    Dear ...,

    I am hereby requesting you to move out of the room by August 1st 2022. This is due to your abusive behaviour towards me and other people in the house, and also the risk of violence that other people in the house were exposed to when your friend got violent and had to be physically removed from the house.

    I haven't reported this incident to the Gardai yet but I am planning to and I'll also be asking other people in the house to act as witnesses.


    Some more detail on her anti-social behaviour: on June 27th, from what I was told by her and others in the house, she had a male friend around for dinner who became drunk and violent, and she had to get another male occupant of the house to help her physically remove him. The next day two other occupants messaged me saying they were very shaken by the incident and both said they feared for their safety and wanted to move out.

    So from the wording contained in that anti-social behaviour document I think I have grounds for issuing her with a 7 day notice of termination. Would anyone agree?

    Thanks in advance.

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