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IS IT EASY OR NOT TO REMOVE A TENANT FROM SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE ? BANK OWNED

I WANT TO BUY A SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE IT IS BANK OWNED  SO WHEN I SAW THE HOUSE IT IS OBVIOUS SOMEBODY IS LIVING IN THE BASEMENT I THINK IT IS ILLEGAL SINCE IT IS ONLY SINGLE FAMILY  HOUSE SO IF I BUY THE HOUSE, IS IT EASY TO GET RID OF HIM ? AND THE BANK SAYS HE  DOES NOT  KNEW WHO THIS PERSON LIVING IN THE BASEMENT OR EVEN KNOW WHAT IS HIS NAME '? OR HE IS TENANT OR HE FOUND THE HOUSE EMPTY AND GO INT IT?    SO HOW TO GET RID OF HIM ? SINCE WAITING FOR THE BANK TO GET RID OF HIM WILL DELAY THE DEAL AND I AM BUYING THE HOUSE VERY CHEAP PLUS THE HEAT IN THE HOUSE IS WORKING 24/ 7 SO HOW I KNEW IS WHWN THE LAST TIME THE GAS COMPANY GET A READING ?
  • February 27 2010 - Jersey City
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This is the responsibility of the bank, which also has a lot more clout, money, etc., to deal with the problem. You should get a vacant house on closing and not have to evict a squatter, tenant, or anyone else. If you are not getting clear answers and a good response from the bank, you should engage an attorney or a buyer's agent to help you communicate and get this problem solved. Good luck!
  • February 28 2010
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Liacout1: Put your lawyer to work, ASAP. Regards,
  • February 27 2010
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if you buy the house from the bank you should get it vacant. They will have the person evicted by the Sherriff if they are living there illegally which it sounds like they are
The bank is responsible for the utilities up until the closing date.
Make sure you use a lawyer who is familiar with foreclosures - its not as easy as you think.
  • February 27 2010
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It sounds like you are asking to evict an illegal tenant (squatter) once you become the legal owner. Is that right? This person is technically trespassing on personal property or squatting. Even if this person has a lease, the lease is technically an illegal contract, one that can not be enforced. Basements are not livable spaces.

One resolution could be to speak to this person directly and ask him/her to move, providing him/her time to do so. (nice guy strategy). 

Second, change locks ASAP! Call the police and ask for their assistance in approaching this individual when you become the homeowner. If you do change locks, you must take care of the individual's belongings and provide ample time for him or her to make arrangements to retrieve his/her possessions. Remember though, never use force or threats of violence.

In truth, I am not sure how hard or easy it is going to be. This person may or may not be difficult.  

I briefly googled how to remove squatters nj and several of the top results may be useful to you.
  • February 27 2010
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