Can I kick my brother out of my house?

Asked over 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

After my mom died, my 55 year old alcoholic brother came to live with me. He does not have a lease agreement or pays rent. His alcoholism is out of control and I want him to get out of my house. He has told me he won't leave and take him to court. Do I need to file an unlawful detainer action even if there is no rental agreement? Can I put his stuff out on the street and change the locks?

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  1. Nadine Marie Jett

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . You cannot simply put your brother out, even though there is no rental agreement.
    If you are afraid of him, if he is threatening you, or harming you, or harassing you, you can file for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, and have him kicked out.
    If you are not afraid of him or harassed by him, you will have to file an Unlawful Detainer action and have him evicted.

    Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, as each situation is fact specific, and it is not possible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and court pleadings filed in the case. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship

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