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What Can I Do To Keep Unwanted People Out Of My Property

How can I keep unwanted cats from napping on my convertible soft-top?

FYI... for those that say "cover" my car, I just paid to have a carport built to do just that (bylaws prohibit enclosed garages). For those that say "get over it" or that feel it is my fault, why should my right to a vehicle of my choice be sacrificed for someone elses right to have a cat, then set the cat about the neighborhood? I actually like cats, so I don't want to resort to anti-freeze, but I am entitled to want to keep my car in good, clean shape.

I was hoping for deterent solutions so I thank those that seriously offer some (although dogs are not an option... I travel too much to be responsible for a pet). I have heard of sprays, plants, and the like that cats do not like so details along that direction is what I am looking for.

How do you get an unwanted person out of your home?

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Have "grandmother" call and hand off to someone better able to ask the important questions.

They should be able to tell you how many days notice is required to be given to someone who is not a tenant but won't get out of a home when asked by the owner.

Then you send the daughter a certified letter return receipt requested telling her she has so many days to get out. If she doesn't, you get a court order to evict her. Be very careful with the days and whether weekends and the mailing date counts toward the number of days. You don't want to re-do everything. Ask what happens if she does not pick up the certified letter if the postman misses her. Whether or not they recommend serving her in person with witnesses present.

If this hotline can not help you, then make a free intial consultation with a housing lawyer.

Another issue you may want to bring up is a order of protection to protect the "grandmother" or get the daughter removed for domestic violence.

I was suggesting Pro Seniors since they have free legal advice and they might be more supportive of "grandmother" i.e., that this happens to alot of people trying to help out a relative.

Hon, I live near Cincinnati but in another state. I believe that the cops told "grandmother" they won't put the daughter out because it was below zero. Don't drive the woman to a shelter.

Someone will have to change all the locks including any car in case the daughter made a copy of them. For added protection some of the dollar stores have window and door alarms.

Where do i dump unwanted cats?

my sister left 4 cats at my house and never wanted to come get them. I went to the humane society and they were charging $40 per cat to take them in.

I cant afford this. can i get away of putting all these cats in a box and leave them in a park somewhere so people can find them?

i cant take care of them, where else can i dump these cats?

Does the guest of a tenant have any rights to stay at the property if the other tenant wants them to leave?

It depends on the circumstances. I am going to give you a general answer, but you will have to check and see if the law is different in your jurisdiction.First, I will say that roommates really need to discuss visitors prior to moving in together. They need to establish what is ok and what is not ok. This information needs to be put into a written roommate agreement. If this isn't done ahead of time, it can still be done later. The people need to sit down and spell out expectations, responsibilities and the like. This includes chores, splitting of utilities, etc. It especially needs to include over night guests.Some people think it is fine to essentially move someone else in, having him stay over 3 or 4 nights a week or all of the time. Other people have a serious problem with this. Especially if that other person is adding to the cost of the utilities and the person responsible for bringing him there won't pay for the increase.In addition, some leases spell out how much time guests can spend. Frequently it is limited to two weeks. So this can impact what is allowed.Regardless, it is critical that roommates work out these issues and have respect for each other. Both people have to live there, after all.Let's leave negotiation aside though and talk about the law. In most jurisdictions, both roommates have rights as far as visitors. If the police are called and told that someone is trespassing, but find out that the other roommate said he could be there, the police are going to throw their hands in the air (and tell you that they just don't care...sorry couldn't resist) and tell you to work it out. The exception would be if the visitor has threatened someone or is making the person feel unsafe. Then the police are likely to make the visitor leave. The fact that your roommate just doesn't like someone is not a basis to forbid him from coming to visit. Nor can the roommate forbid you from having guests in your own home. Unless it says so in a lease or roommate agreement. But I have to return again to negotiating and roommate agreements. This really is more a personal matter more than it is a legal one. If you have two roommates with very different views about guests and no one is willing to compromise, what you have is two roommates who are not compatible. They need to wait out the lease and move on, or if possible (and legal) get someone to replace one of the people so someone can move out and find a more workable situation.

If you ask somebody to leave your property and he doesn't leave, can you push them to make him leave? Is that considered assault?

First, I assume you are in a jurisdiction that defines “assault” as physical contact. (In some jurisdictions, assault is the threat of physical contact while battery involved actual physical contact.)Society prefers that you call the police when there is an unwelcome person on your property. Experience has shown that shoving leads to fist fights, fist fights lead to knife fights, knife fights lead to gun fights, and gun fights lead to dead bodies.Some circumstances do justify taking immediate action rather than calling the police. Some do not.In most instances, you can use non-deadly “reasonable” force to remove someone from your property. What is “reasonable” varies based upon the specific situation. For example:Did you ask the person to leave? Unless there is some exigent circumstance, you have to ask the person to leave before you can start hitting and shovingIf you asked him to leave, how long has the person been there after you asked him to leave? You have to give the person some reasonable amount of time to get off your property.What is the property? Is the person in the living room of your home? Or is it the person standing on the corner of a vacant lot? You can use more force when the person is in your home than if the same person is standing on the edge of a vacant field.Is the person creating a nuisance, harming you, or damaging/stealing your property? Obviously, you can use more force if the person is harming you or your property.What do you mean by “push”? Do you mean a gentle nudge on the shoulder? Or do you mean ramming him with a car? A gentle nudge to encourage a person to leave would rarely be an assault. “Pushing” him with a sledge hammer to the head would almost always result in an assault.Why is the person on your property? Did you invite him? Was he walking on the sidewalk, and then fell onto your property when he had a heart attack?

What can I do about the homeless people on my street?

Thank you for asking this question. Don't worry, you're not heartless or cruel. Just because someone is homeless doesn't mean they shouldn't be held accountable for their bad, illegal or offensive behavior. They know that what they're doing is wrong, or criminal, or offensive. They don't get a pass to act like they are just because they're homeless, although much of society acts as though they should. Why should being homeless give anyone the right to be a jerk, a criminal or a selfish bastard? Yet people ignore the worst behavior possible just because they feel sorry for someone. If you wnat to change someone, or show them respect, then make them accountable for their actions.That's MY opinion, but while I think people feeling compassion for the homeless is great, but it should be accompanied by healthy boundaries and expectations-like asking them to NOT lie in your yard, or calling the police or contacting your city councilman/woman to ask that police start enforcing loitering or other city laws. People will ask you, "Where do you expect them to hang out?" or other comments. Their homelessness is not YOUR problem or responsibility. Why they congregate where they do doesn't matter. You have boundaries, expectations and don't feel safe with them there, so act. You are NOT being heartless. You're being human. No one wants to feel unsafe in their neighborhood or on the street.So, I suggest setting aside your sympathy long enough to call the police or take action to move them. Be sympathetic and compassionate because they're homeless, but don't let that affect a very reasonable expectation you have. Part of the reason some homeless feel entitled to act as they do is because they know people feel sorry for them. Don't. If people would step up and increase their expectations that the homeless shoud be held to the same standards as others, things will change for the better.

Legally, how do mailmen gain access to your property. Isn't that trespassing?

By having a mailbox, you are consenting to their entry on your property so you can take advantage of the service they provide (US Mail).

Also, the law in many states is that if you don't have a No Trespassing sign, you can't sue or have somebody arrested for trespassing just for entering upon your property. You then have to ask them to leave, and if they don't, then you can take action. This would go to UPS, FedEx, DHL as well.

It's pretty much accepted that people can come onto your property to ring your doorbell or knock on your door. You have the right to ask them to leave.

For the other Answerers here, I would ask them what law gives them the right to enter upon the property? if there is an easement, why is no easement mentioned in the deed to my property or on file with the county clerk? and lastly, just because a mailman is a federal employee does not give them any right to enter on your property when they feel like it. I have practiced law for over 10 years and never heard of these laws or easements. I would suggest that mail was used as a means of communication over 200 years ago and it has just become an accepted practice.

How do I keep someone from entering my house without my permission?

Probably not. Or are your rights somehow more important than your housemates rights?“i have made it clear that they are not to be allowed in our home” “in case they disregard my request and he enters”Seems you have a bit of a miscalculation about how the world works, here.Housemates have to agree on things, you don’t get to dictate!Now, if this person has been so egregious, and your housemates all agree to not have this person over, problem solved.If you have a legal restraining order against this person, once again, they can’t come over.However, if the problem is only between you and the guest, but that guest is still friends with, and an invited guest of the housemate, why the heck should your opinion of them trump the other housemate?

Can a person legally prevent someone else attending a funeral?

If the spouse of the deceased wants to ensure that a person (whom the deceased disliked intensely, or maybe a former lover) does not attend a funeral is it possible to do so? I've seen death notices in newspapers stating "Immediate family only" but that would exclude all other friends, neighbours, fellow church members etc. from attending?

Is it easier to do this if there is no church service and just a cremation or a burial? Can a list be given stating who can attend (or maybe who must be turned away)?

No - I'm not planning a funeral right now but something I overheard recently got me thinking and I just wondered how it works when someone is in this position. It probably happens more often than we realise. It must be traumatic for a widow or widower to see someone (who has caused havoc in their life) attending the funeral of their spouse.

I've already asked this in Law and Ethics but thought that some S.C.s might have been in this position and know the answer.

I am a business owner. I want to remove someone from my place of business. Do I have the right to physically assault them and remove them to another location against their will if they refuse to leave upon request?

Generally speaking, you have the right to do this, but it tends to be an extraordinarily bad idea. Call the police every time.Anyone who is intentionally trespassing on your property, i.e., remaining after you've told them to leave, does not have your interest at heart; if they're willing to trample your rights in one way, it's likely that they'll trample them in any way presented to them.So, while you're "escorting" them out the door, they can "trip and fall," for example. And now they're "so badly hurt that they can never work again." Even if you eventually win the civil suit that will surely follow, the cost of defending yourself in court will be obnoxious.I am a security officer, I've had training and plenty of experience in escorting people safely from one place to another, and I always call the police for a trespasser. It takes that liability away from my employer and me and creates the possibility of moving the offense from civil (which my employer will not pursue) to criminal (which they will.)