If my ex and I own a home together and he moved someone in that I don’t approve of, how do I get them out?

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If my ex and I own a home together and he moved someone in that I don’t approve of, how do I get them out?

I own a home with mine and my ex-boyfriend’s name on the deed. I lived in the home for 2 years and he had moved out after the first 4 months. I assumed all responsibility of the house and of all the bills. He remained on the deed and mortgage due to the housing tax credit. Our plan was to sell the house after the 3 years had passed. We stayed friends and after 2 years, a 3 month job came up and I needed someone to look after the house while I was gone. Since then things have gone very bad. He changed the locks moved around my belongings and moved someone in that I don’t want. What can I do?

Asked on March 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to seek legal help as soon as you can.  First of all he can not change the locks.  You are joint owners of the house.  But that works in his favor as well unless you have some thing in writing giving you exclusive use or memorializing this deal you have.  Each of yo can have a guest in the house as well.  believe it or not that is what this person is.  So now you have to set things straight.  Get help.  Good luck. 


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