What rights does the primary owner of a house have in keeping exboyfriend’s friends and women from the residence?

UPDATED: May 19, 2009

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What rights does the primary owner of a house have in keeping exboyfriend’s friends and women from the residence?

I am the primary owner of a house shared with exboyfriend. I was wanting to know if there was a way to keep certain individuals away from the property?

Asked on May 19, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Texas


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

When it comes to real estate, even small mistakes can be very expensive.  You should talk to a real estate attorney in your area, before you take any action here.  One place to find a qualified lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com

I'm not sure what you mean by the "primary owner" of the house.  If it's just that your name was first on the deed, that doesn't mean anything by itself.  And even if the deed gives you more than half ownership of the property, that doesn't mean you can keep your exboyfriend out -- and it doesn't give you the right to limit who he can invite to see him in his home.

If people are damaging the property or otherwise breaking the law, that's another story, and that might be a matter for the police, depending on the facts.  Once again, it's best to get advice on the unique facts of your case, before you act.

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