What are my rights for visiting friends in duplex where I no longer live?

Does the owner of a small duplex complex have the right to threaten me with arrest for coming to visit friends still living there or to stop me from passing through their complex to get to other friends who live behind the complex? The residents behind the complex have to pass through as this is the only access they have to their homes and the only access any guests have to get there. Can they send threatening letters banning me from

Asked on April 7, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the owners of property can ban a non-resident--even one one who used to live there--from entering onto, coming into, passing through, etc. the property; in short, the owner can ban you from the property, even if you know other people who still leave in or near it, and can call the police on you for trespassing if you enter, etc. the property. The property owner can determine who has the right to enter the property.


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