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How to remove an unwanted guest?

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Latest post Fri, Sep 26 2008 5:06 PM by Drew. 1 replies.
  • Fri, Sep 26 2008 4:22 PM

    • Joness
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    How to remove an unwanted guest?

    My cousin has been living with grandma for 2 years. She does not pay rent and her license still reads a different address. She recently stole grandma's car to go on a burgling spree with her husband while grandma was in the hospital. Grandma agrees that it is time to get her out of the house. We have changed the locks on the house but she still refuses to move her things out. Does my cousin have any legal rights to stay in the house? What is the best way to remove her from the house?
  • Fri, Sep 26 2008 5:06 PM In reply to

    • Drew
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    re: How to remove an unwanted guest?


    1. Grandma locks her out--and allows her to come just to porch to recover any of her stuff--but not inside. Grandma keeps her out and calls cops if she forces her way in

    2. If she stole GM's car then GM reports it stolen and follows up with police action etc.

    3. GM avoids like the plague any actions which could be seen as creating a tenancy status for this relative--GM accepts no rent and enters into no agreements to allow her to stay even 1 hour and gives her NO keys etc. Problem is that a guest of 2 years in many eyes looks and smells like a tenant--and its improper/illegal to merely lock out a tenant---GM may need to take a calculated risk as to guest status and play hardball. If she gives GD notices like a tenant then that may hurt GMs stance that she is a guest.

    Absence of rent is not absolute that there is no tenancy status..there could be more subtile forms of "consideration"--but generally to have a lease ,a form of contract, requires consideration--no consideration often= no contract=no lease.
    But NJ gives tenant slots of rights so it might even be wiser to have GM spend a few bucks with skilled legal counsel on such L-T issues...

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