Hi, My name is ***** ***** I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. When you agreed to allow this man to stay in your property in exchange for doing work on it and paying utilities
, you created an enforceable oral lease. That means that he is your tenant, even with nothing in writing, and normal landlord/tenant laws apply. And that unfortunately means the "best" way to get him off your property—The legal way—is not going to be the fastest. When someone fails to comply with the terms of a rental agreement
, they're entitled to three days written notice to either correct the problem (meaning, do the work) or leave. Tex. Prop. Code, Section 24.005. An oral notice to vacate is invalid. If he does the work that he was supposed to do, he'll get to stay. That doesn't necessarily mean that he has to finish it. The judge will want to see that he's making reasonable efforts toward completion. Without a written agreement stating something like "Time is of the essence," a delay in remodeling isn't automatically a breach of the contract. Alternatively, you're allowed to give written notice to vacate at any time at least 30 days before the end of the month. So, a written notice to leave now would be effective at the end of August. This is all extremely important, because if you turn off the utilities, change the locks, or otherwise try to remove him from the premises without going through the court system, he can sue you for a court order requiring you to turn them back on or let him back in. Tex. Prop. Code, Sections 92.009 and 92.0091. The only legal way to remove someone from leased premises is to serve them with a written notice to vacate, wait for the time in the notice to expire, then go to court and file a lawsuit for Unlawful Detainer if they're still there. I apologize that this was probably not the Answer you were hoping to receive. However, it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.Good luck.