Report Illegal evictions of lodgers or not? Extortion by new landlord. in House prices and the economy Posted May 11, 2020 On 28/04/2020 at 12:56, ebull said: Is it a crime under the new covid laws to evict a lodger? I've just evicted a lodger. Only tenants get extra Covid protection, not lodgers My Dad died during lockdown and the lodger had been there 15 years. So I moved in to be a resident landlord. I could then give the rental period (1 week) as notice. Lodger was an ex-con drug dealer and I found evidence that he was £10K behind in the rent and had borrowed money from Dad to pay his car insurance. No sign of anything behind paid back. All the money probably went on weed going by the smell in the lodgers room. I paid him his deposit and last months rent back to get him out. There was no sign that the rent had actually ever been paid but I needed him out of the house. I read up as much as I could about lodger/tenant differences and shelter/CAB advice to be sure that is was legal to get him out in a week. If he had refused to go, it would have been legal to change the locks and call the police to prevent re-entry, even during lockdown.