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My son is currently living in a tied cottage provided by his employer. What’s the minimum amount of notice he can be given to move out? He says he’s paid monthly, so he should be given a month, but he’s been told that other managers have been given what’s known as “garden leave” and could be told to vacate the property immediately.

This type of detail is likely to be set out in your son’s employment contract, but his employers would need a court order to evict him if he refused to go, and this could take several weeks. “Garden leave” is where an employer bars the employee from working elsewhere during his notice period; it’s usually designed to prevent an employee using inside information in another job. It could be that previous managers have been given time off to find themselves somewhere else to live.

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