How To Get Rid Of A Squatter In Your Property
Q: I let my friend stay in my condo while I was away taking care of my mother. Now she won’t leave. How can I get her out? Jacqueline, Caldwell, NJ
A: It doesn’t sound like your friend was a tenant–tenants have rights that occupants do not. Removal of unauthorized occupants requires pursuit of an ejectment action which is different from an eviction. Evictions normally take place in landlord-tenant court. Ejectment actions in NJ are filed in the special civil part of Superior Court. I strongly suggest you consult an experienced local real estate attorney for counsel on specific steps you should take to remove your friend. Thanks for your question, Jacqueline.
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