Q: if a guest refuses to sign a lease, what should I do to get them evicted
Ex gf does not want to leave and does not want to sign lease rental agreement (month to month). what are my options? she has called the cops because I had to break in my basement (keys locked inside) and she has destroyed some of my personal property.
A: Although your ex-girlfriend has not signed an actual lease, because she is living in the property, a tenancy at will has been created. You will need to give her a 60-day notice to leave. If she remains after the 60th day, you can file a dispossessory (eviction proceeding) in the county in which the property is located. With regards to the destroyed personal property, you can make an informal written demand to be compensated. This demand can include either receipts or estimates for the property that was destroyed. If you are not successful, there is always the option of bringing a civil lawsuit for the value of the damaged property or initiating a criminal proceeding (warrant application). You will need to present evidence that it was in fact your ex-girlfriend that destroyed the property. I would suggest an in-depth consultation with an attorney on both of these matters before moving forward.
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