Unlawful Detainer / Squatter

Do you currently have a guest, boyfriend, girlfriend, or family member that has taken up residency of your property and refuses to leave? You need the occupant evicted but do not know how? We can help!

Here is an example of an unlawful detainer situation: You allow a friend to stay with you for a few days. The friend refuses to leave and has taken up residency at the premises.

Have you just purchased a property only to find a squatter has taken up residency of the premises and refuses to leave? You need the occupant evicted but do not know how? We can help!

Here is an example of a squatter situation: You purchase a home and discover that there is an occupant living in the home. The person is not the previous tenant of the previous owner. The occupant refuses to leave the premises.

What is an Unlawful Detainer? It is a lawsuit the owner files requesting the Judge to grant possession of the property back to the owner. The Judge will order the removal of the occupant and the sheriff’s office will execute a writ of possession to remove the occupant.

How long does it take to get the occupant out? If the matter is uncontested generally it takes 30 days.

What happens if the occupant files a defense? If the matter becomes contested it may be necessary for a hearing.

Do I need an attorney? Many counties offer free forms to fill in the blanks to represent yourself however there are many reasons why owners may want an attorney to handle the case. Some reasons may include but are not limited to; time, knowledge, the owner does not want contact with the occupant, other legal issues may arise, the attorney knows the process best and how to navigate the case in an efficient manner.

If you would like to discuss your case with the attorney call (727) 330-7800 or fill in the contact me form for a free consultation.