Is it legal to evict my daughter and granddaughter from my home?

My 23 year old daughter and her 3 year old granddaughter have been living in my home since my daughter was pregnant. My daughter works but refuses to help with any expenses in the house and is always screaming at me regarding my home. She has had her boyfriend living with her and now he has brought his 2 year old son into the home also. I have asked her to leave but she refuses. Is is possible to evict to evict her?

Asked on October 7, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is absolutely possible to evict your adult daughter. Since she does not pay rent she is not a "tenant" but rather a "licensee" (i.e. long term guest). Accordingly you can serve her with a notice to quit the premises (it can be for a little as 3 days or up to 30 days depending on the jurisdiction). After that, if she remains beyond the date specified for her to leave, you can file an eviction lawsuit in court (called an "unlawful detainer"). Once the judge issue an order for her to vacate, if she refuses you can have the sheriff come and forcibly remove her if necessary.

Since evicitons require following strict procedures, you really should consult with an attorney in your area. Pick one that specializes in landlord-tenant cases.

Note: In the meantime do not attempt any self-help measures such as removing her belonging's or changing the locks. You can find yourself in legal trouble if you do.


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