What is the law regarding the eviction of people who are living in a house that we just bought?
Question Details: We bought a house though a title company and discovered the house is occupied by someone else. They never had any kind of agreement with the deedholder or the new owners, us. They have been there 2 years and we just bought the place in the last few weeks. We don't know if they even realize there is a problem. What should we do?
You can "eject" them. "Ejectment" is eviction for non-tenants: it is how you remove people who are not owners (e.g. not on deed or title) and also are not rent-paying tenants with some legal right, based on the lease (whether written or oral) to stay there because they are leasing out space. Someone who is neither a tenant nor an owner has no legal rights to live in another's property, and may be removed. The way you remove them legally is through an "action for ejectment." You do have to give them proper written notice that you own the home and that they must move, and they must be given a reasonable time (generally at least a month) to relocate; if they don't leave, then you file the legal action. The notice and the ejectment action are both "technical" in the sense that a small paperwork or procedural error can force you to start over; you are advised to retain an attorney to help you.