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I bought a home with my mother 3 yrs. ago, she has moved out. Can she still have access to the house when I am not home?

Can I change the locks?

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As long as she is still a legal owner of the house, then she has the right to access the home. If she is not currently living there, then it's possible that tenant/landlord rights might apply (even though you are a co-owner) - which would (in most cases) require that she give 24 hour notice before entering the premises. However your best bet would be to contact a real estate attorney just to be sure. You might want to consider buying out her share of the house if you aren't happy with the way things are going, as well.

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She put a 20 percent downpayment on the home and I have been paying the mortgage and utilities since we purchased the home. So both our names are on the house and it is up for sale. Since she moved out, I have been staying in the home until it sells. I just don't want her snooping through my stuff and using the facilities until the house is sold. If she wants to take the rest of the belongings in the house, I am fine with that, she can wipe me dry. I just don't want her snooping around while I am not home.
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No it's her home to. What if she did that to you would you be ok with it.

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If I left, I wouldn't come back for any reason.
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Yes she should still be able to have access to her own house. Yes, you can change the locks but please make sure you give your mother a set of keys as it is her house too.

If you are concerned about your privacy or have something to hide from your mother then why not just buy her out. Give her the money for her half. Then you can change the locks again and NOT give her a set of keys.

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First off I have nothing to hide. But wish to treat those who intentially try to ruin me and take everything from me with the same respect. and I don't wish to continue to pay for her to use the utilities I pay for. She wasn't kicked but rather is forcing me to uproot my life and my kids for her spiteful ways.
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As long as her name is on the title, she has full access to the house, no matter how much she owns unless otherwise specified in the title or some other document. If you restrict her access to the house, you are restricting access to her property and you may have to pay her a reasonable rent or restitution for it.

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so she moves out (of her own decision) and has a place to live and I stay so the house doesn't go into foreclosure and wait for it to sell and she can come and go using the utlilities I pay for....snoop around, take what she wants and I just have to live with it?! So what stops me from just packing up and moving out myself and let the bank take over? Let's also be clear, she can come and go as she pleases but should do that when I am home not behind my back.
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Legally, he has the same rights of access to the property as you do. If you have a problem with that, be my guest to change the law. Good luck with that.

As for damages, she is just as responsible for any damages she causes just as you are to any damages you cause. If she uses the utilities, that's something you need to work out with her.
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I am not disputing that she still has rights to the home, but if she leaves willinging and of her own free will, I don't think she should be able to come and go while I am not present in the home. She has already taken the furniture and her other belongings, if she wants the washer/dryer she can take it, I just don't want to pay for her to use it and yes that is spiteful but for her to do everything in her power to harm me and take from me enough has to be enough. If she can come and go when ever she want without me home, I may have to change my position and move out and let the house go.
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Even if she is not currently using the property, legally, she has as much right to access the property as you do as an owner of the property. If you want to restrict her access, there can be legal consequences. Whether you want to deal with that is up to you, but that's the law.
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Guess I will talk to a lawyer and find out for sure. If this is the case, I have decisions to make.
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http://homeguides.sfgate.com/tenants-common-legal-rights-6824.html

Go down to "Rights & Responsibilities With Tenancy in Common." A lawyer will tell you the same thing.
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The correct legal answer: the house is your residence, without regard to your mom's share of ownership. Since she is part owner, she can enter the house but must give you advance notice --presuming she does not have your permission to enter.
As you are the legal resident, you have "landlord / tenancy" rights protecting you.
Do you REALLY want to take your mom to court? Pick your battles; get your "personal" stuff out of the house. You're trying to sell it anyway.

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I am a legal resident and we are joint owners of the property. I am in no way saying I will not allow her access to pick up any other items she wants, but I don't feel she shold come into the home while I am working and take things as she wants. I honestly don't care what she takes, but the house is for sale and when you work so hard to make the house look nice for if/when someone wants to view the home, you want to make sure when you come home things aren't moved about and missing. I don't care about any of the possessions, I just don't want her snooping around and using my home as a store. I don't have anything to hide, just hated that when she was living there so would like to stop it since she is not living there. I am going to pick my battles, for sure. Which is why I haven't gotten a lawyer, yet!
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I understand.
Moms can be a pain in the @$$.
Mine is 85 & still kicking ... too much!
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Thanks Smitty! They are definitely from a different time. I am sure things will work out the way they should. Just a bit frustrated at the moment beacause I feel as though I did something wrong, when I know that is not the case. It's ok, I have been divorced so I know how to be a punching bag, just don't like it.
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