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Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney who will try my very best to help with your situation or get you to someone who can. There may be a slight delay in my responses as I research statutes or ordinances and type out an answer or reply, but rest assured, I am working on your question.
I hate to hear that you have been taken by this crook..
Unfortunately, he is your tenant and you are his landlord, signed lease or not. Without a lease, he is month to month under an oral tenancy agreement. If he is late on rent, you need to start by giving him a written 14 day notice to pay or vacate. Then you can file to evict him through the courts.
And it is likely that this scammer will try to get you to accept a partial payment of a little bit of money because he knows that would void out the 14 day and force you to start over. So don't accept anything less than the full amount due.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...