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Need to evict someone from my house

I have a friend of my wife’s and her 2 kids staying with us. They have been here close to 2 years. The only way she contributes to our house is 300 dollars a month that she gets in food stamps from the government, which doesn’t go very far in a house with 7 people. The room we gave her is a mess, you’d think a crack head lived in it. She owes us 400 dollars for money we paid out for her son, that was originally agreed that she would pay. We have no lease agreement, we literally took her in off the street. How can I get her out of my house?

Asked on February 23, 2017 under Real Estate Law, South Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Since she pays rent or a form of rent (i.e. the food stamps), then she will be considered to be a "tenant" in the eyes of the law. Accordingly, as a "month-to-month" tenant (i.e. one without a written lease), you can give her a 30 day notice to leave the premises. If she fails to vacate within that time, then you will need to file an "unlawful detainer" (i.e. eviction) in court. At this point, you should contact an attorney who specializes in these case; they can best advise you further.  


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