The other day I heard that if you permit someone to stay in your home for a given period of time, six weeks I believe it was, that they have then established residency in your home and are entitled to certain legal protections. Primarily you have to go through a legal process to evict them if they will not leave when asked. Supposedly this is so even in the absence of a formal lease contract and even if the person pays no rent. Apparently you can lock the person out for cause, such as illegal activities, but you cannot put their things outside. Supposedly I violated the law when I evicted difficult child by packing her things and placing them in the garage, since it is not attached to the main residence and thus "outside". difficult child herself is not accusing or threatening action or anything, I just heard this from a third party familiar with the situation. I assume that different jurisdictions will have different laws, but is anyone familiar with this kind of thing? We live outside of Chicago.