I have a lease right now with someone. He was added to the lease after a year of residence there already. He continually has not paid rent (in excess of six months; however, he did just recently, in the past week, has found employment. The money is not so much the issue, however. He and I were in a relationship, now we are not and in the course of the breakup he has caused vandalism, on more than one occasion to the home. Also, he has sent threatening text messages. He yells and gets in my face and refuses to leave. One time, at three in the morning, he almost beat the bedroom door down that I was too scared to open until his hand was bloody. He only stoped when our then roommate came out to stop him, so I have a witness to this. Also, I have pictures of the vandalism done to this property by him. Needless to say, I feel threatened, physically and mentally, as he refuses to leave. What can I do? Response: You need to apply for Restraining Order. You can do this first thing in the morning by going to Courthouse at the Clerk’s Office to obtain and complete the forms. Once the forms have been completed, someone at the Clerk’s Office would take you in front of the Judge to obtain the Restraining Order, which would be served on him by the Sheriff.
Once he is served with the Restraining Order, he must leave the premises or be held in criminal contempt and put in jail. You should then change all the locks while he is out to prevent him from accessing the premises. You should inform your Landlord and your neighbors of the Restraining Order so that they would be on the lookout for him and especially to the Landlord so that he would not be given a duplicate key to the premises. He can come with the Police to retrieve his belongings. Otherwise, you should not let him in.
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