Is it criminal or civil to illegally evict someone when you are not a landlord? 5 Answers as of February 14, 2014

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Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
If no force is used, it would be a civil wrong, but if physical force or a threat of force occurs it might be criminal. But how would someone who is not the landlord or acting on behalf of the landlord evict someone?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/14/2014
Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
Civil. Good luck tho. If an Order was entered, the order is presumptively valid.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/14/2014
The Taylor Law Office L.L.C.
The Taylor Law Office L.L.C. | Ian A. Taylor
It's a civil issue. Only an owner or one in charge of the property like a land lord would have standing to evict a resident.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 2/14/2014
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
I would say primarily civil. You might want to talk with the local prosecutor about the case to see if there is a criminal element to it.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 2/14/2014
Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
Are to say without details, but if you are talking about someone evicting a tenant when they have no rights to the property, that could be criminal fraud in addition to a civil issue.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/14/2014
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