How to evict a non-paying tenant that isn't under any sort of contract?
October 6, 2012 8:38 PM Subscribe
Evictions issue -- domestic dispute between my mother and her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend. Police claim they can't remove him. What to do?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (15 answers total)
YANAL, etc., but this situation is really weird, and I feel like there has to be a solution for this. I feel like this is the best place for advice.
This is Texas. I can get more specific on the location if needed.
My mom is trying to get her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend/guy-that's-been-living-with-my-mom-forever to leave the house, but, according to "nine different police officers", she can't have him removed without appearing before a judge.
Some information and background: the man that's been living with her has been there since she's moved in to the house. The house is owned by my maternal grandmother and my mom and this man have been there for at least eight or nine years. They are not married. He doesn't have a job, and as far as I'm aware, hasn't held employment for a long time. My mom receives some sort of disability/unemployment benefits, but she is also unemployed. This man doesn't pay (and has never paid) and form of rent. There is no contract or anything like that.
The officers also claimed (and this is information from my mom, not firsthand) that everything in the house "is owned jointly by him". I don't understand that at all. Apparently, he's already ripped the air conditioning unit from the home and sold it. If it matters, he's also recently had some legal issues involving burglary, but the details are murky.
Anyway, she's staying with her parents right now and everybody is a mess and just want this guy gone, but he won't go. Any advice on who to contact (police, attorneys, etc.) or what to do is greatly appreciated.
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