How do I get someone removed from my residence/business?

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How do I get someone removed from my residence/business?

I own my building that I live in and run a business from. I asked my exgirlfriend to leave and she will not. she does not live there, pay rent or any bills or utilites; she is not on a lease. The building is paid off and in my name. She does not live there; she just stayed all night sometimes. Can she be allowed to stay if tries to prove she lives there? What are the requirements to prove residency?

Asked on January 2, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If someone has resided somewhere with permission, she can only be lawfully removed by the courts. However, that should not be difficult in this case: if she does not pay rent and did not have a lease, she is an invitee or a guest, not a tenant. A guest may remain only so long as she is given permission, and that permission may be withdrawn at any time. If she does not leave when asked to, to remove her, bring an ejectment action (eviction for non-tenants). An ejectment action is slightly more formal and complicated than a typical eviction--you are advised to let an attorney do this for you.


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