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A friend, a relatives asks to stay at your house for a couple of days and you say yes. Then when you tell them it's time for them to go, you find out you can't just make them leave. What is going on? It's why one South Florida grandmother called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

WSVN -- As Help Me Howard's go, this one is a little different.

Jennifer Trumble: "I don't need no therapy, you the one need the therapy. This is my house. You have. Joseph you a lie. Joseph you sitting up here telling a lie."

Let me stop and back up for a second. Meet Jennifer Trumble, who has lived in her home for 20 years, raising her two children then her daughters three children, and now helping raise a nephews daughter.

Joseph Miller: "And everybody says this is my baby, which she is but you got another one back there that is not a baby. You right. He is a grown baby."

And this is Joseph Miller, who came out of his room to listen to Jennifer. The grandmother who raised him from birth. A grandson she wants to leave. A grandson who won't leave.

Joseph Miller: "Right now I am recording everything she says, for my records."

In June, Joseph left his mothers home. Jennifer took him back in again.

Jennifer Trumble: "I was going to let him go to school. Further his education."

Jennifer paid for everything to take care of her grandson but in October she told him she was tired of the way he treated her and she wanted him to move out. When the 20-year-old refused, she called the police.

Jennifer Trumble: "They say I couldn't put him out. I said what you mean? That's my house. They said can't put him out."

Jennifer couldn't believe what the officer said. Joseph loved it.

Joseph Miller: "If she wants me to leave she has to do what the police officer told me, she has to evict me."

Patrick Fraser: "Why do you want to force her to go to court and spend money to evict you?"

Joseph Miller: "Cause money is what she loves, it sounds evil and everything like that but what I have been thru growing up it's worth it."

Clearly they don't get along but just as clear, Joseph seems to enjoy aggravating his grandmother.

Joseph Miller: "She basically trys to run everything.

It's her house, she should be able to run everything.

That's correct and if you don't like it, why don't you leave.

It's not that I don't like it, I learn how to deal with it."

A few minutes later Joseph's mother showed up. She shook her head when I asked her to let Joseph move in with her. Leaving him at his grandmothers, arguing, fighting, and living together.

Jennifer Trumble: "He adds on, he adds on. The disrespect I can not take it any more and I refuse to take it."

Well Howard, legally can a guest refuse to move out when you asked them to leave?

Howard Finkelstein: "Most people don't realize this but a guest in your home can refuse to leave. Even if you thought they were staying over till their apartment was ready or till they could find another place, once they spend the night, to get rid of them you have to go to court."

Jennifer doesn't want the headache or expense of evicting her grandson, and right after we left her house, something happened.

Jennifer Trumble: "What happened was, I was confronting him about 'Why you told all those lies and he was like 'Hm get back.' He pushed me right."

Jennifer called the police and told them Joseph pushed her. An officer who had been to the house before gave him the option, face criminal charges or leave.

Joseph packed up, left his grandmothers house and moved to his sisters house.

Howard Finkelstein: "Once the police were told Joseph pushed Jennifer, now it's different. That's not a civil matter anymore and the officer can force him to leave. Also, the officer did Joseph a favor because they could have filed battery charges against him."

Jennifer Trumble: "It's quiet, it's different. It's peace, it's peace."

Jennifer is smiling again. Happy to get her unwanted guest out of her home but not forgetting he is still her grandson.

Jennifer Trumble: "I kinda worry about him still, don't get me wrong. I kinda worry about Joseph.

Patrick Fraser: "You worry about him but you are glad he is gone?"

Jennifer Trumble: Yeah, it's peace."

Patrick Fraser: "It's amazing, you can let someone stay with you for a few days and then the law forces you to spend money to get rid of them if they wont leave. Like Jennifer said, the law needs to change. Can't argue with that.

Guests turning into pests? Want to show them the door? Contact us. We will help you move along and hopefully get your problem to move on.

CONTACT HELP ME HOWARD:

E-mail: helpmehoward@wsvn.com (please include your contact phone number when e-mailing)

Reporter: Patrick Fraser at pfraser@wsvn.com

Miami-Dade: 305-953-WSVN

Broward: 954-761-WSVN

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