can my ex wife kick my roommate out of our house? she moved out years ago

my ex wife moved out of our house, jointly owned. I got a roommate to help with bills, She is threatening to call police and have him removed, if I do not pay her money. She contributes nothing to the house, which is now in foreclosure. Does she have the right to have my roommate removed, It is my house too

Asked on March 10, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, if you are a joint owner of the home, you have a right to either lease/rent out some of the space or have a free guest if you like--that is, just as you have the right to use and occupy the home, you have the right to have other people, either for rent or not, use and occupy it, too. She has no right to remove your roommate.


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