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My landlord couple doesn't allow me to wear mask indoor. The landlord wife says "If you wear mask indoor for the third time, get out. I will give you 3 days' time." ( I assume she was talking about notice period for eviction). I think she threatened me for eviction. But I still want to continue to wear mask to protect myself and others. She says I protect myself too much and I am selfish. She says "If someone else sees me wearing mask, they would think I have a problem and be scared of me. It would affect other tenants." In fact, the third day I was in the shared flat, the husband landlord said “We are very healthy. If you are so afraid, then you shouldn't live here. Masks don't actually protect you. You still would be infected if someone had it in the house”. I said "if you are infected, you wouldn't know even though you are healthy. Masks could minimize the chances of infection". I notice the landlord couple doesn't wear masks even when going out for gathering with friends. I am on a 6-month contract and all the rents and deposit are already paid. I think if the landlord evicts me for continuing to wear a mask indoors, I should be able to get back the deposit as well as my rent? I think the notice period should be 6 months during Covid? Currently, I wouldn't dare wear a mask indoor. But I think I should since it is a health concern and the eviction is for no good reason. The landlord wife says "If you want to continue to live here, it depends if you can change yourself. It is your problem." What should I do? Should I at least ask if the deposit will be returned to me and if there is a reasonable notice period for eviction?

In addition, I also accidentally broke a picture frame in the stairs of the house. Even though it didn't look expensive and I asked to pay for it, she said she purchased it from betting and money couldn't buy it back.

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Hi @seansun

Really sorry to hear about this situation you're in - it shouldn't be controversial to want to wear your mask when you're in the house.

To give a proper response, we'd need to know whether you've signed a tenancy agreement with the landlord? And if so, are the conditions of ending the tenancy covered in it?

If you've got a tenancy agreement it should include these details;

  • the names of all people involved
  • the rental price and how it’s paid
  • information on how and when the rent will be reviewed
  • the deposit amount and how it will be protected
  • details of when the deposit can be fully or partly withheld (for example to repair damage you’ve caused)
  • the property address
  • the start and end date of the tenancy
  • any tenant or landlord obligations
  • an outline of bills you’re responsible for

This information is from the government website;

"The 2 types of assured shorthold tenancies are:

  • ‘periodic’ tenancies - these run week by week or month by month with no fixed end date
  • fixed-term tenancies - these run for a set amount of time

You must follow a set process if your tenants have an assured shorthold tenancy.

  1. Give your tenants a Section 21 notice if you want the property back after a fixed term ends. Give them a Section 8 notice if they’ve broken the terms of the tenancy.
  2. Apply to the court for a standard possession order if your tenants do not leave by the date specified on the notice and they owe you rent. You can apply for an accelerated possession order if you’re not claiming any unpaid rent.
  3. Apply for a warrant for possession if your tenants still will not leave - this means bailiffs can remove the tenants from your property."

So if you've signed a tenancy agreement, there should be rules set in place to prevent them from being able to evict you without notice.

Mark Rocks
Community Builder and Content Writer




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