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How do I get rid of a person living in my house.

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I own a home and decided to rent out a room to my "friend". We had a verbal agreement for $625 a month plus utilities. He's been here less than 6 months, been late with the rent every month, hasn't contributed to the utilities. This month when I didn't get the rent on the 1st I gave him a 3 day pay or quit notice. He still hasn't given me the rent 2 days after the deadline and he refuses to leave. Can I call the police and have him removed? When I finally get him out is it possible to get "3 times the rent" which was included in the 3 day notice?

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The police will not remove him without a judgment of possession. You have to file an unlawful detainer complaint against your "friend." When you get a judgment the sheriff or police can lawfully evict him.

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This isn't a criminal matter, it's a civil matter, and you have to legally evict this "friend" for non-payment of rent. Please see the "how to" guide linked below, or hire a lawyer fro help.

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