It’s normal to invite a friend, family member or someone you know into your home. A home takeover happens when you can’t get them to leave and they start acting in a way that makes you feel physically, financially or emotionally unsafe.
If someone won’t leave your home
It’s important to act if your home has been taken over, or if a guest is refusing to leave.
Call someone you trust for help, such as a family member, support worker or landlord. You can also report the problem to the Ottawa Police Service on 613-236-1222 ext. 7300.
If you’re feeling scared, find somewhere safe to stay. Call 911 if you think your life is in danger.
Access our resources – and watch our videos – to learn about the warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know is a victim of a home takeover.
We also offer presentations and workshops on home takeovers, tailored to your community or to your building’s needs. Email us at email@example.com to book your session.
For more information
- Unwanted guests: How Ottawa uncovered and addressed the problem of home takeovers – report (2020)
- Unwanted guests – infographic (2020)
- Welcomed guest or home takeover?
- Home takeovers videos
- Home takeovers guidebook (to view)
- Home takeovers guidebook (print ready)
- Home takeovers poster
- Home takeovers information card – available in English, French, Arabic and Somali.
- Safety Guide for Ottawa’s Residential landlords
You may also order print copies of the booklet, poster and information card for your clients or neighbours using our online order form.