Most people have encountered a house guest who overstays her welcome and throws your life into disarray. Eviction is a legal process that allows landlords to remove tenants who will not voluntarily leave their property. In Georgia, this procedure is reserved for people who pay rent or have a contractual right to the property. Landlords should be mindful that, even if a short-term tenant has stopped paying rent, he is still entitled to the legal protections of a formal eviction procedure. Georgia courts have ruled that residents who have resided in the property for as little as two weeks who pay rent are legally classified as tenants. In most cases, however, it's not necessary to use the formal legal eviction procedure to evict a guest.
Determine if the guest is legally a tenant or guest. People who rent rooms in boarding houses or hotels are frequently classified as guests, particularly if they have only been there for a few days. If the person pays no rent and provides no services in return for residing in the property, he is considered a guest. Conversely, anyone who pays any form of rent, even if there is no contract, is considered a tenant.
Contact the police to have them evict your guest. Guests who will not leave are legally classified as trespassers. Though you are not required by law to do so, it's wise to give your guest a day's notice to move. This gives him one last chance to leave without police involvement. If your guest still will not leave, contact the police to have the guest removed from the property. The police may remove all of the guest's possessions, though Georgia law does not require them to do so.
Change the locks in your house and forward all mail to the guest's address. If the guest leaves any property behind, don't destroy it. Instead, send a letter to the person asking her to pick up her property within 30 days. If she does not pick up the property, you no longer have to hold the property.