How to Get Rid of a Boarder

If you rent a room to a boarder, agreeing to provide meals in addition to lodging, you can evict the boarder if you need the room for personal use or you have problems with the boarder. If your boarder is a family member or close friend, eviction may be necessary but emotionally difficult. With tact firmness and proper documentation, you can get rid of a boarder without a major legal impediment.

Take a copy of the boarding agreement made with the boarder.

Make a list of reasons why you wish to evict the boarder. Some boarders have rent arrears while others may keep a messy room. Writing down what you want to say helps to deal with emotions when evicting the boarder.

Pick up or download the appropriate eviction form for the reason you need to evict the boarder.

Set up a meeting and talk to the boarder about leaving the premises for the reasons written on your list. You can expect emotional outbursts from a relative or friend who boards with you. Try to remain calm and give reasonable time to leave the premises.

Fill out the eviction notice, sign and keep a photocopy; give the eviction notice to the boarder if the boarder refuses to quit during the discussion. Make sure that the time frame stated in the notice is according to the law in your state.