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Good afternoon. Unfortunately, you do need to go through the legal process to avoid being accused of an illegal eviction
. Even though he no longer owns the house, the former owner is legally considered an "at will" tenant even though paying nothing. Such a person is treated to be a month to month
tenant. As such, you can terminate this tenancy by giving written notice of at least 30 days. If the former does not leave voluntarily, under Oregon law, you will then need to give a 10-Day Notice to Quit...meaning the former owner must vacate the premises within that period or face formal eviction. Then, if the former owner 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. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to move the former owner's stuff out, change the locks, or take any other means of "self-help" eviction prior to obtaining the eviction order.
But, as owner, you do have the right to enter to inspect the premises. To do so, you must give 24 hours’ advance notice before entering your home. An exception to the 24-hour rule would be an emergency entry in which case you can enter without consent.
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 the former owner 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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