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My boyfriend of 3 years told me this morning that I need to find a different place to live and that I can come back and get a few things peacefully. I need to know what my legal rights are since he is the homeowner and I have been there for almost three and a half years.
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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. So, because you are staying with your boyfriend in his place, you are going to be considered the tenant, and he the landlord. This means that you have the same rights as any other tenant despite your personal relationship. You do not need to have paid rent to be considered a tenant. This generally means that he has to give you at least 30 days notice in writing before you have to leave the premises. He cannot just ask you to leave and keep you out as that would be an unlawful eviction. He cannot forcibly remove you from the property unless he has a court order that can be enforced by the sheriff.

This means that he cannot lock you out or do anything to keep you off the property until then. Otherwise, you can sue him for an unlawful eviction in a state court.

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