Herndon, VA asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Virginia

Q: Can you stay at the house of a relative if they don't want you to? Isn't that illegal?

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Maybe. I need more information. Is the person staying a spouse? Is it a dependent child? Even if there is no duty of support, criminal law only becomes involved if there is a crime, such as breaking and entering or trespass, so calling the tenancy illegal stretches the common meaning of illegality. And, in many jurisdictions, but not Virginia, court process is always required to end a tenancy involuntarily. I’m guessing from the tone of your question on a free website that you are a disgruntled minor child who wishes his folks would put out his mean aunt, but if there are real tenancy issues, a lawyer should be consulted.

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