Can I legally restrict someone from coming on to my property?

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Can I legally restrict someone from coming on to my property?

I have some property in which my mother is the resident. We have been having a problem with a relative. It seems that on numerous occasions, after he has been there things come up missing. Things from cell phones, cash, power equipment etc. He has an extensive history of drug abuse, as well as a criminal record. While I was hesitant to jump to any conclusions, the circumstances just seem to great to ignore. Keep in mind that we have never actually seen him take anything.

Asked on August 17, 2011 Louisiana

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you own real property, you have every right to exclude anyone who is not an owner of that property or a tenant of it from coming onto the premises. That is your legal right as the property's owner.

If you have been having problems with a particular relative coming onto your property and things happen to end up missing after he leaves, you should confront him about the issue and see if there is an adequate response to your inquiry.

Depending upon his answer, you may request that he not show up at your property unless he is specifically invited by you. If he continues to show up uninvited, you could possibly obtain a restraining order against him, but this suggestion is somewhat of a drastic measure.

Good luck.


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