How to evict member of a family?

By Tenant

Due to tough economy and sense of duty that many people allow members of their family to live with them. Unfortunately, living with relatives does not work out sometimes and some issues and disputes may come along the way. If time comes and you need to ask them to move out and they do not want to, you may have no other choice but to evict them in a legal way. Evicting them is a very tricky task and you may have to follow your local state laws to do it properly.

Listed below are some instructions on how to evict family member legally.

  • Make an eviction notice. There several types of eviction notice and it depends on your reason on what type of notice you will serve your relatives i.e. if the reason why you want them out is because they are unable to pay their share of the rent then you can serve them with a notice to pay or quit and if your lease with them, if there is any, expires and you do not want to renew it then you can serve them notice to vacate the premises. It is very important that you serve them with the correct notice.
  • Use precise language. Avoid including personal issues and any annoyances in your notice. You do not want that found in your legal documents. Just use precise and clear language when filling out the notice.
  • Serve the eviction notice. Check your county on what kind of notice you must serve your relative. Once you knew, you can now serve them the right eviction notice. Make sure that you let them sign and date the notice after gives them a copy of the document they signed. If they will not comply with the notice served then they must leave by the end of the grace period you provided.

Edited on: Friday, March 22nd, 2013 1:31 am

15 Responses to “How to evict member of a family?”

My response: (We welcome stories, examples, explanations, answers and a touch of your personality)


March 22nd, 2013 1:40 am

Most state gives a 30-60-even 90 days as grace period for the tenant to leave the property.


March 22nd, 2013 11:40 am

It is better to call a lawyer to further ask assistance on this one.


March 22nd, 2013 9:40 pm

If your relative turns violent


March 23rd, 2013 7:40 am

Just like common tenant-landlord


March 23rd, 2013 5:40 pm

If everything goes to court be sure you have all your facts and proof in line.


March 24th, 2013 3:40 am

You have to prepare yourself for the worse when you decide to let a member of your family to come and live with you.


March 24th, 2013 2:00 pm

Can I ask my relative to leave without serving him any eviction notice?


March 24th, 2013 11:40 pm

I am living with my uncle and we do not have a lease. I was the one paying all the rent and utility bills in the apartment and I want him out. Do I have to go to court?


March 25th, 2013 9:40 am

I want my brother out of my apartment. Can I just call the police to throw him out? We do not have a lease.


March 25th, 2013 7:20 pm

You can file for a restraining order against your relative if he is threatening to hurt you and your family.


March 26th, 2013 5:20 am

I am living with my parents and I am paying them monthly rent. Can they evict me for not helping with the household chores?


March 26th, 2013 3:20 pm

I read a lot of fuss about living with a family member. If you do not want to experience this then why did you ask them to live with you in the first place?


March 27th, 2013 1:20 am

It is not entirely your family member’s fault if there are disputes between the two of you.


March 27th, 2013 11:40 am

You should be responsible for your own actions and the consequences of those.


March 27th, 2013 9:40 pm

I love my family but I do not want to have to fight with them if I let them live with me.


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