Getting someone out of my haouse

I let my girlfriend and her daughter who has 5 children move into my home. Since then my girlfriend and I are no longer together. I have asked her to move her and her family out of my house. I’ve given her a 30 day verbal. Some things were said during the relationship that has given her the impression that she could stay indefinitely. There is nothing in writing as far as an agreement. I live in Ohio. I want to be fair but I want them out.Can you help?

Asked on April 29, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Depending on all of the circumstances (how long as she lived at your house, has she paid any bills, does she receive her mail there, etc.), your ex-girlfriend may have attained the legal status of "tenant". At the very least she is a "guest". In either event you must serve her legal notice to vacate, which typically must be in writng. If she is a tenant, 30 days is usual; if she is a guest it may for as little as 3 days, depending on state law. If she and her family fail to remove themselves by the date you have specificed in the notice, then you will need to file for a formal eviction known as an "unlawful detainer" action (if she is a tenant) or an action in "ejectment" (if she is a guest). In the meantime, take no self-help measures such as changing the locks, removing their belongings, etc. Further, since this is all can get a bit complicated, you really should consult directly with an attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant cases.


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