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What is your reason for evicting this person? What was your agreement when they moved in?
An oral agreement IS a lease. The fact that it's not in writing doesn't mean it's not enforceable. Pennsylvania law allows you to serve them with a written notice to pay the total owed or vacate within 10 days. Include the total owed on the notice, which should be hand delivered. If that's not possible, you can post it on their door and also mail a copy, but hand delivery should be attempted first.
Note that, if they pay, they'll be allowed by law to stay. But because there isn't a written lease for a set term, you could also serve a notice of termination of tenancy within 30 days.
If the tenant ignores either notice and doesn't leave, you can go to the courthouse the day after the notice expires and file for eviction. The local landlord/tenant court should have eviction forms you can use.
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That's unfortunately right. Police won't remove him without a court order, and it's illegal for you to change the locks on him.
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