How do I get my ex-girlfriend to move out of my house?

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How do I get my ex-girlfriend to move out of my house?

My girl friend has been living me with for the last 2 months and paid monthly rent, we no longer go out.

Asked on September 1, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Since your ex-girlfriend has paid you rent she will be considered to be a tenant, if there was not formal lease. In order to legally remove her you now need to deliver to your ex a written notice (30 days is typically sufficient).  If she does not leave by the specified date, you can then file an "unlawful detainer action" (i.e. eviction lawsuit) .  If the court rules in your favor, she will then be ordered by the court to vacate the premises.  If she doesn't then the sheriff will remove her, forcibly if necessary.

In the meantime do not undertake any "self-help" measures such as changing the locks, etc. If you do you could find yourself on the wrong side of an unlawfule eviction lawsuit.  Right now you should contact a real estate attorney. They can best advise you of the correct procedure to go about all of this. You can also contact the local court to see if they have a pamphlet/website that gives this information.


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