A home takeover happens when someone moves into your home and uses it to do something illegal. Victims of home takeovers often feel threatened, scared and helpless.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book your session.
For more information
- “Welcome Guest or Home Takeover”
- Home takeovers videos
- Home takeovers guidebook (print ready)
- Home takeovers guidebook (to view)
- 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.