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I changed the locks on my house so my ex girlfriend can't go…

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I changed the locks on my house so my ex girlfriend can't go in and out of my house whenever she pleases. She still has some possessions here such as dressers and big things she cannot fit into her car. But she has the necessities for her to live day to day. She stated to me that she has the right to have the police open my home and get her things whenever she wants. I'm not holding her possessions against her. I offered for her to keep her stuff here until she get a place of her own. I just feel more comfortable that she does not have unlimited access to my possessions. Is there legality in either case? Thank you

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And how old is the car?

Missouri, no car

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No ma'ma

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3/7/2018
Olivia Kent
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Did your gf live with you? If yes, for how long? Is she on the lease?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
almost two years, I'm the sole owner of the home.

Okay, in that case by locking her out you're using "self help" which is not permissible. In order to evict someone living with you you'd have to serve them with a notice to vacate and then if they don't leave you'd have to file an eviction action. Anything else is not permissible in the eyes of the law. We can't give you legal advice on what you *should* do but I want you to know the law so you can make educated decisions on how to proceed... so she doesn't sue you.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She is not living at my house for about a month. Just some of her belongings are still here. So I cannot protect my own property?

Technically she already left... and if she's not living there then you can change the locks.

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You're not under any obligation to just have this person come and go as they please.

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I just wanted you to be aware of the whole eviction thing... how it works ... but once she moved out you're not under any obligation to just allow her to come back at her discretion.

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If you know she's living somewhere else you might want to give her a deadline by which she needs to come back and get her stuff or you might want to pack her stuff for her and bring it to her (assuming it's movable).

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She said she will have her possessions out by the end of the month. I just want to be there when she is getting her possessions so mine don't disappear. But she has not gave me an exact date. I just don't want to be out of my house while she and whoever is helping her there while I'm not.

It's YOUR house. You make the rules as to where you are or aren't during her pickup.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thank you for your advice miss Kent, enjoy your evening.

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