If I’ve lived in the same house with my girlfriend for the past 12 years but my name is not on the mortgage, can she make me leave without any notice?

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If I’ve lived in the same house with my girlfriend for the past 12 years but my name is not on the mortgage, can she make me leave without any notice?

Asked on January 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Nevada

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If she owns the house, not you, then yes, she can make you leave without notice *unless* you have a lease and/or are paying rent--in those events, you would be a tenant, and could only be evicted as a tenant: that is, for nonpayment or some other lease violation; at the expiration of a written lease; or on 30 days notice for an oral lease.

However, if you are not a tenant you are a guest, and guests only reside at the home owner's permission--which permission may be withdrawn at any time, without prior notice. The fact that you have lived there for  many years does not give you any rights.


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