My mother owns a home in Utah fully in her name. A few months ago she allowed her sister to move into the home to care for her other fully disabled sister. My mother works in this area a few days a month and stays in this residence during these days, the other days in her second home in another area of Utah. There was never a lease signed. All the arrangements made have been verbal. My aunt that was allowed to move in does pay utilities.
Recently an argument insued causing my aunt to go ballistic. My mother in return decided the aunt (and her son) needed to leave her home packing up her belongings. My aunt called the police and the police told my mom that my aunt has squatters rights. That she could actually kick the door down and be entitled to live there. My cousin, my aunt's son, has a gun in the home and in addition because of the odd behavior and arguments my mom fears to be there with these people who have seemingly taken possesion of my mom's home.
I'm getting all this information from my very upset and distraught mother from afar feeling pretty helpless. How is this legal? I've contacted the police department to try to get a clear understanding, however, have not received a response.
The simple matter is my aunt owns no part of this home and has no signed lease. Yes, all of her possesions are there and moved in but that's all. How can she be allowed to stay there?