I say “opinions” instead of “advice” because I well know I can’t ask for legal advice from a message board for a host of reasons. Anyway, here’s the scenario:
My mother and I jointly own some property, which includes her residence. A granchild of hers (one of my nephews) also lives there.
My brother lives in a mobile home on the property, with his wife, three children (daughter, 24; son, 20; daughter, 15), and the older daughter’s one-year-old.
They have no lease or contract or anything. My deceased father offered to let them set up there.
Now, the situations:
There have been some instances of vandalism, which my mother and nephew think were the result of actions by my brother’s son.
A dog was apparently stolen, which might have been done by the older daughter’s BF (the father of her child). He is a crack-head, and has spent some time as guests of the taxpayer for various B&E, and other thefts to support his habit. There’s no question that the dog turned up missing a few hours after a visit from the BF.
In both cases, I think it’s very plausible that a) the nephew does vandalize (has vandalized) when no one’s around, and b) the daughter and the bf stole the dog to sell it (rednecks are really into “registered” pit bulls).
In both cases, however, there’s never been enough proof to take it to court.
So. . . .
In general (I know MMWV), what are:
my brother’s rights, so far his residency? (Can he make a claim on the property based on the past 14 years his home has been located there?)
his son’s rights? (If he is incontrovertibly found vandalizing, can he alone be served with an eviction notice?)
his daughter’s BF’s rights? (I don’t trust the crack-head, whether he stole the dog (and possibly other stuff) or not, but he does have rights to see his child, I presume? I’d personally prefer him not to set foot on the property.)
I know I need a local expert before deciding anything “actionable,” but I wouldn’t mind having a heads-up on what to expect should the need to pursue it further arise.