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Can you tell me what state this is in?
Has he taken any legal action against you?
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Legally no, he is correct that he would be considered a month to month tenant under an oral tenancy agreement. In order to legally terminate it, the property owner would have to give him a notice equal to the time that he pays any rent to his landlord (i.e. you). With that said, PA state law doesn't specify how much of a notice that you have to give someone who doesn't pay anything, but I would opine that a judge would find 7-10 days to be reasonable.
But after that, if he still didn't move, you would have to pursue a formal eviction action through the courts to get a judgment against him and a writ to have the sheriff physically remove him.
So legally he is correct.
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