If a property is co-owned, can one owner evict me without the other’s consent?

I’m currently living with my boyfriend in a house that he co-owns with his ex-girlfriend. She is trying to evict me even though he doesn’t want to. She hasn’t paid any money towards this house, he has paid for all of it. Is she legally allowed to evict me without his consent?

Asked on April 6, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Florida


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

One co-owner cannot remove a "guest" of the other owner. Thisis because each of them have equal rights to the possession and use of the home. That having been said, your boyfriend's exgirlfriend could at some point choose to bring a "partition action" in court to force a sale (although they are expnesive and time consuming).

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