My nephew has been living with me for 21 yrs, since he was born. How do I get him out of my house?
There is no lease. He does not pay any bills.
He has his own bedroom, with his personal possessions, including hunting rifles.
He receives mail at the address. He has a government issued drivers license, with my address.
The problem is he will not move out. He cannot keep a job due to his laziness and drinking. His girlfriend is living there free of charge. She doesn't have a job.
He is constantly making threats to myself and my mother, such as "You try to put me out of this house and I will burn it down! If I can't live here, then nobody will live here!"
I've asked him to quit cussing, but he will not stop. Even simple things like taking his hat off at the dining room table. He is just so rebellious. He has not hit anyone, but is constantly threatening to do so.
What is the safest and most legal way to get him out of my house?
You inform him that you are revoking permission for him to be there, effective immediately.
Or, you can give him a deadline, like "be out by noon on Monday."
Should be done verbally and by a letter, which you can tape to his door and
also mail it (certified mail, return receipt, restricted delivery) to him.
(When the letter comes in the mail, you tell the mail carrier that he must sign for it, no one else.
Even if he doesn't sign for it and never picks it up, you have proof that you tried to mail it to him.)
As soon as you do that, you may begin the unlawful detainer lawsuit.
It is highly recommended that you hire an attorney for this.
Never a do-it-yourself kind of thing, it is imperative in this situation that you get counsel.
**The number one priority is your safety.** So, I hope you hire an attorney to look out for you.
The lawsuit will be very similar to an eviction. Costs about the same, takes about the same amount of time.
You can find an attorney using the tab above, "Find a Lawyer." Or you can call the Florida Bar Association or your county's bar association.
I know this will be difficult for you. Good luck and remember that the sooner it is started, the sooner he will be out of the property. You cannot let him enter the property again once you officially get possession back, or he could try to gain status as a resident again.
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