Q: How do I protect my house from a squatter?
I have a squatter in my house invited by my daughter-in-law who is growing marijuana in their bedroom. They have changed the locks and installed a deadbolt without consulting me, the owner. It is in a tent with lights and a fan hooked to a extension cord and I'm worried about a fire while they're gone during the day. They refuse to even give me a key so there is no way to get in the room in an emergency. I'm in the process of evicting them but according to them it's their domain and there's nothing I can do. Also, there are minors in the house, as well and I'm concerned I can get into trouble about the marijuana growing.
A: Outside of cutting off utilities, you will need a competent attorney to file an Eviction Suit to remove the unwanted occupant. It will not be fun and your house will be damaged. You might open the door with a crowbar and remove contraband. But again hire an attorney. It may be necessary to evict the three of them.
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