Hi, and Welcome to JustAnswer, Thank you for your question, In Answe to your question of whether or not you can tell your brother in law and his wife how much time they have to vacate the property -
ANSWER - You have to treat your brother in law nd his wife as tenants whose lease has expired and in order to protect yourself fro any liability, it would be a good idea if this communication were in writing. It can be a friendly, but stern reminder, along the following lines,
"I understand that you have had settlement on the property you purchased. Therefore, please consider this your 60 days Notice to vacate the property you have been occupying. If the information we received is incorrect and you have not gone to settlement, kindly let us know your time frame so that we can make appropriate arrangements to show the property to prospective tenants ........... etc.
Do not turn off any utilities. The law does not give this right to landlords, whether or not their tenants are paying rent. If you turn off any utilities, regardless of who pays the charges, your brother in law can report you for doing this and a Judge will impose some very severe fines and penalties on you and your husband. I realize that thi is not fair, but the law is unfair many, may times. Even where a non-related tenant has failed to pay rent for many, many months, the law does not allow the landlord to shut off any utilities, regardless of the name the utilities are in.
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