Yes, you can terminate this holdover tenancy for no reason. And, I agree with you....best to get this troublesome tenant in your rear view mirror! You are the owner of the house and now that she is not within a lease term, you can terminate the tenancy by giving the written notice. If she does not leave voluntarily on or before the termination date, under Alabama law, you will then need to give a 10-Day Notice to Quit...meaning she must vacate the premises within that period or face formal eviction. Then, ifs he still has not left, you will have to file a petition for an eviction order. Once that is granted...you can have the sheriff evict her. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to move her stuff out, change the locks, shut off utilities, or take any other means of "self-help" eviction prior to obtaining the eviction order.
This is the part of my job I don't like...when the law is not in favor of my customer. I wish I could tell you that you could just force her out immediately, but I can only provide you information based on the law so that you can act on the best available information to you. ………..I wish I had better news, but can only hope you recognize and understand my predicament and don't shoot the messenger. I'm sorry!
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