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We have been helping a mother and son by allowing them to live in are living room at no charge. We have asked them to leave and they refuse. What can we do. We live in Harford County, Maryland

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Criminal Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Criminal Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Unfortunately, once you allow a person to make residence in your home, they assume the rights of a month to month tenant. This is true even if the pay no rent and you consider them a "houseguest" The law considers them a tenant.

Therefore you will need to give one month's notice to terminate their "tenancy". Give it in writing, including a specific date when they must vacate, if not sooner (voluntarily).

If they fail to vacate by the stated date then you will need to file a forcible detainer action in the local court to get an order of ejectment. The order is then placed with the sheriff for execution and they come out to the property to remove the tenant/guest and their personal property.

I wish I could tell you there is an easier way, but unless you follow this process, you expose yourself to civil liability.

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