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Then you must evict?
LEt me just make sure I understand what is going on here:
1. There is someone occupying your property without a written lease - he says he concluded a verbal lease which is denied?
2. How did he move in?
3. Has he been paying rent and if so to whom?
If he doesn't vacate even though he has acknowledged the lease is terminating then you can bring a simple eviction application. Send him a letter confirming that the lease terminates on his version on the November date and that you expect him to vacate and that if he doesn't you will be forced to evict him at his cost.
If the application is opposed it could take up to 6 months - if not opposed then you should be done in a month. You cant really apply now because you haven't given him notice and he will definitely oppose on the basis that he has a genuine dispute of fact ie the verbal lease. I wouldn't take the chance.
What I would do is even if its a waste of money, prepare the application and affidavit now - use the redevelopment as a potential ground for urgency. Your attorney must have everything ready to go so that the next day you can launch the application and have the Sheriff on standby to serve. He will have 10 days to oppose and if he doesn't you get into Court and try get an order.