If you have a squatter, a trespasser, or an unwanted guest living in your property, you cannot remove that individual by filing an eviction in Landlord-Tenant Court. This is because these types of individuals do not have any agreement with you to pay rent. So, they are not considered tenants under the law. In these cases, you would have to file an ejectment to remove these individuals from your property. An ejectment is the process that will allow you to regain possession of your property.
Cases where you would have to file an ejectment include:
- If you purchased a home in foreclosure and the former owner still resides in the property.
- If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend that lives with you, and they will not leave your home after your breakup.
- If you allowed a family member or friend to stay with you for a short period of time and now they will not leave your home.
- If you have an adult child that you no longer want to live in your home.
Ejectment actions are very technical in nature and are almost always resolved by a formal hearing. As a result, if you need to eject an individual from your property who is not a tenant, you should obtain legal assistance. Our office has been successful in obtaining an ejectment of numerous individuals who are unlawfully residing in a property.