I have a family member that has allowed another family member and her boyfriend to live in her home for over a year free. They have never paid one nickel as far as rent or utilities. She is getting up in years and wants them out of her house. They have been told to leave but they won't. Recently someone overheard them saying they had renters rights, but since they have never paid anything how can that be? Is there squatters rights even though is someone's home and not an empty building.? How do we get them out?
If there was an agreement for the family member to pay rent, even verbal, you can serve a 3 day notice to pay or quit. Otherwise, you will have to serve a 60 day notice on everyone, assuming as you say, they have all been residing there for over a year.
Landlord / Tenant Lawyer
Yes, these people took possession legally, and they have been there long enough so that they have the same right as any other tenant. Payment of rent, or even an agreement regarding payment of rent, is irrelevant. These are ugly evictions, and they take a lot of courage by the "landlord", but an eviction action is the only legal way to get rid of the freeloaders. Have your family memeber get good legal advice.