How to Legally Remove Trespassers From Your Property

How to Legally Remove Trespassers From Your Property. Posting adequate signage and erecting fences and other barriers can help keep trespassers from entering your private property without permission, but if the violators persist you must know how to legally remove them. Follow these steps.

Evict the Offender

Step 1

Warn all trespassers that they are on private property and must leave.

Step 2

Know your state's trespassing statutes and whether you, as a property owner, have the right to use reasonable force to remove a person from the premises.

Step 3

Don't use unreasonable amounts of force, or you could face a lawsuit and, possibly, criminal charges.

Call the Experts

Step 1

Call the police to remove trespassers from your property. Police officers can forcibly remove intruders from your property and save you from a lawsuit.

Step 2

File for a restraining order if the trespasser repeatedly appears on your property. Ask your local district attorney's office what's required for a restraining order.

Step 3

Obtain support from groups like Nolo and the National Crime Prevention Council (see Resources below).