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Arizona... Friend invited an Acquaintance who was going through

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Arizona... Friend invited an Acquaintance who was going through a bitter divorce to move in with her (Friend/Husband own home) "for a few weeks" until Acquaintance could finalize divorce and find a job. Acquaintance pays no rent, has a house key, buys no groceries, does no housework except to feed Friend's cat (contrary to Friend's instructions). Acquaintance's mail does NOT come to the house, but to a PO box in the next town. Fourteen months later, Acquaintance's divorce long final, no job prospects, Friend has informed Acquaintance that she needs to make other living arrangements as Friend's daughter and three children will be moving in after a divorce. Acquaintance has become rude and surly, refuses to discuss the matter, and doesn't seem to be making any arrangements to leave. Is Acquaintance considered a tenant (requiring legal eviction) or an unwanted houseguest (if the latter, how does one get her -- and her furniture and possessions -- out?).
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I am very sorry for your situation. That old saying of "biting the hand that feeds" comes to mind. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.

In this situation, the acquaintance is a tenant at sufferance. A tenant at sufferance is someone who has no right to occupy the premises, but is tolerated by the owner and may be terminated at the will of the owner.

Under AZ 33-341, the tenant at sufferance must be evicted, although unlike other tenants, no notice to quit is necessary. So you do not have to give her time to leave, but may simply file for an eviction and have a hearing. If she does not leave prior to the hearing or immediately after it, a Writ may be received from the Court and she may be forced out by the authorities.

Normally, most tenants at sufferance leave, however, once the owner states that either they leave or they will be dragged out by the police (which usually works pretty well as a legal intimidation tactic).

So as much as you may wish to simply lock her out, this cannot be done, although a quick eviction may be executed. But again, most will leave upon being warned of an eviction, or served with one, even before the hearing.

I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.

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