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What are the squatters rights in Dayton, Ohio

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What are the squatter''s rights in Dayton, Ohio? We have property that our family is living in rent free. Is this property in danger of being legally obtained by them through squatter''s rights?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Dave Kennett replied 9 years ago.

DearCustomer- Squatters rights, more commonly known as "adverse possession" is obtained in Ohio by occupying real estate in an "open and hostile" manner for a period of 21 years. Allowing someone to live in your property free of charge is not the same thing as someone actually occupying the property without your permission, maintaining the property and paying taxes on the property.

The persons living in your property are simply tenants who don't pay rent. You can evict them at any time, assuming they don't have a lease. You would need to give 30 days notice under Ohio Landlord Tenant laws.

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