Usually the renter fills out an app. and once it's accepted they sign a lease and pay rent. This person has lived there since June, has missed 4 months rent and when he posted notes to say you need to move the guy called the cops and the police say he has to file eviction proceedings. The man doesn't have a lease, isn't paying rent and barely filled out the application. My friend has filed a police report saying he needs to move because he is tresspassing and has stolen items from other tennants. Last week he even threatened on of the other renters daughters. What should he do? I say he should still file eviction proceedings even though there was no lease signed.
You are correct. You did not mention how it came to pass that this person was lodging at your friend's farm--but you mentioned that he has missed 4 months of rent payments--so the lodger apparently does have some agreement with your friend. That being the case, you are correct, your friend will have to use your state's eviction processes. Likely takes 3-5 weeks, sometimes longer and shouldn't require a lawyer--costs will be a bit under $100.
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Your friend will have to go through the eviction process through the courts.