Renting and the law: New renters moved in — without landlord's approval. Now what?

  • by: KELLY KLEIN
  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Q: I have a tenant who has had two roommates for a long period of time. They moved out, and my tenant got two new roommates. After some time, she left me a voice-mail informing me she, too, was moving out, and another renter would be replacing her. She delivered all three of the new renters’ applications to me. These new tenants have now moved into the property without my approval. My tenant was late paying rent, and moved out before her lease was up. She still owes $395 in past-due rent and late fees. Now we have three or more unapproved people occupying the property. The neighbors have complained that there is a lot of traffic going in and out of the home, and have expressed concern that there may be drug activity. My question is, can I get the police over there, or take some other form of action? Do I have to file an eviction action to get the tenants out, or can I just call the police and have them removed as squatters?

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