CanI be thrown out of my place of residence for no good reason?

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CanI be thrown out of my place of residence for no good reason?

I moved in with my grandma about a year ago and this is now my residence. Recently I had a female friend over to visit and my grandma had a fit because she says I can’t have a female in my room. She says it’s against her morals. She threatened to call the cops and have us both removed and there was and argument about it. In the end we left but I know this will be an issue again. She says that she will throw me out if I try to have a sexual relationship in my room because it’s her house. We have no contract about rent or anything; I just help out around the house. She’s 83 and I’m 35. What do I do?

Asked on October 4, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You didn't indicate whether or not you pay rent or some form of rent (i.e. utilities, etc). If you do you are a tenant even of there is no formal lease agreement; if not you will be considered to be a "licensee" (i.e. long term guest). In either event you have a month-to-month tenancy. So you cannot just be thrown out. However, your grandmother can serve you with a 30 day notice to vacate (she needs no reason); if you fail to see can have you legally evicted.

The fact is that while her behavior may seem outdated, remember she is good enough to give you a place to stay. So either go to your girlfriend's for sleepovers or respect your grandmother's wishes. You are a grown man, and you need to act like it in everyway and not just in the one way you want.


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