If you have rented your room out to someone, then this person is referred to as a roommate. In most areas, you can't simply decide you no longer want that person in your home and make them leave. They are protected by law once they have moved belongings into your home and started living there. This is true in most cases, even if the stay was only supposed to be temporary. Once they are in, you will more than likely need to go through an entire eviction process to legally remove them from the property. That is, unless they decide to leave peacefully on their own. This article will offer you step-by-step instructions for getting a roommate out of your home while minimizing your risks of hostile retaliation.
Go through the court
If you have come to a point where it has come to an eviction, you'll want to do it right from the start by going through the court. This way, you know everything is legal and it's dated, so you can get them out as quickly as legally possible. Also, you will have to go through the court if you want to have the ability to turn to them for help to physically get the roommate out if they refuse to leave on their own. Each state will have its own rules for how you serve them and how long the process takes, so you'll want to hire a lawyer, seek help from a free legal aid service or get help from someone who's been through the court-eviction process.
Give them space
Once you have served your roommate with eviction papers, give them space. It doesn't matter if you would prefer to mend things before they leave or you want to have a discussion about something that has happened. The best thing for you to do is to give them plenty of space. Don't force yourself on them. If they come to you, then be open to communication, but let them decide. You have just evicted them, so you should allow them plenty of room to process the feelings that come with this on their own. Also, be aware that an eviction can cause some to become hostile and angry, so it's best to not anger them further.
Watch your belongings
You are in a vulnerable place when you evict a roommate. They can easily take some of your belongings with them when they are moving. For this reason, you may want to do your best to be home any time you know they will be removing their items. Also, keep your valuables locked up where they can't get to them.
Change all the locks
As soon as your roommate has completely moved out of your home, you should have a locksmith come out and replace all the locks on doors that lead to the outside. This includes doors to the house, the garage and any out buildings. Even if they return all your keys to you, there's no way to know that they didn't have duplicates made.
For more information, contact a business such as Ability Lock & Key.