If I’ve been invited to live somewhere and am not being charged rent, am I still considered a resident?

Can I just be thrown out? I was invited to live at someone’s house and I was told I would not have to pay rent. I’ve been living there now for a couple of months and have moved my possessions into my room; it has been established as my place of residence. If the owner decides he doesn’t want me to live there anymore, does he have to give me notice or do I have to simply leave that moment? Is there a reasonable amount of time I have to find a new place of residence?

Asked on July 18, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can still be considered a resident of the state regardless of your paying rent or not paying rent.  If you have changes your address, registered your car, changed your license, taken out a library card - whatever - to establish yourself as living there then you are a resident.  But you are a guest and not a tenant.  Guests do not have the same rights as tenants when it comes time to part ways with the owner of the property.  If he or she doesn't want you there anymore then you become a trespasser.  He should give you notice but not everyone is nice.  Be cautious and scope out places that are easy to move in to temporarily just in case.  Like a "Y".  Good luck.


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