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Discussion in 'Roomate & Joint Leases' started by napoleonxv, Feb 24, 2012.

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  1. napoleonxv

    napoleonxv Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My neighbor asked my to let her stay in my house for a while. (I am living in it myself, but have an extra bedroom.) However, she has become very difficult to live with because she acts too often like she owns the place. She has never paid any rent or contributed to utility payments (other than her personal long-distance phone calls before I got unlimited service.) She now has boxes piled up all over my house. Today I told her she had two weeks to either get all her boxes out of my house or move out. If she fails to do either, how can I have her removed from my house?
     
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    Proserpina Moderator

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    How long has she been there?
     
  3. napoleonxv

    napoleonxv Law Topic Starter New Member

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    You have to evict her according to state guidelines. Your friend is a legal tenant, regardless of whether or not she's paid rent or whether you've had a formal agreement.

    Do it legally, or face severe consequences - WA doesn't take this stuff lightly.

    (Yes, I do live in WA)
     
  5. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    Do you own this house or rent it?
     
  6. napoleonxv

    napoleonxv Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I am the sole owner.
     
  7. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    Then follow advice proserpina gave you
     
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    Here in California we have a seperate process for owner-occupied rentals in which there is a single renter. You should look into whether your state has something simlar... things move much faster!
     
  9. napoleonxv

    napoleonxv Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I have now spoken to an attorney in this area that specializes in landlord-tenant law. From what he said, I have to assume that Washington does not have that "separate process".
     
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    Then you need to give this person a written "notice to vacate" in accordance with your state's laws
     
  11. Proserpina

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    OP, you're looking at around 35-45 days. (From the day you actually give her notice to quit)

    Might take a bit longer in some areas.
     

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