Wednesday afternoon I had words with Steve!
I suggested he may prefer to live elsewhere as he doesn't seem happy here. He blustered briefly about having nowhere else to go. So I explained my plan of taking out a mortgage and buying him out. He drank himself into a stupor and went to bed.
Yesterday he was polite and civil.
It is now Sunday and he is still being mostly civil
It won't last but I have the mortgage details which I can show him.
He shopped yesterday with a neighbour and did a BBQ in the garden in the afternoon.
Today he is cooking a gammon joint, a piece of lamb and a chicken drumstick that was missed y'day.