Evicting my tenant's temporary roommate

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I have a lease agreement with an individual(the renter) who has a friend living with him for a few weeks now. The renter made the situation aware to me because he didn't want to violate the lease agreement and for the most part has been a very honest/good tenant. However, at the time the renter wasn't sure how long his friend would be there so I decided to keep the lease strictly with him and reminded him that he would be solely responsible for the house and rent. He's been having issues with his friend not giving him the rent they discussed and his overall behaviour/temper. The police were called and I swung by to find out my options. The police officer basically informed me because the friend has been there over a week he can't do anything and that I have to give a notice of eviction for the friend with a reasonable amount of time to vacate and if that failed(it did) to file an eviction notice with the local justice of the peace which I have done. I now have to wait until the 23rd for the court date if he decides to stay. The real problem I'm having with that is the renter is moving out on the tenth(lost his job) and is having all the utilities cut off. He promised to pay rent and I am hoping to find a new tenant to get him out of the lease. I'm worried his friend will squat there until the 23rd just to be a pain in my *** and because for all I know he doesn't have another option. I'm also concerned for any damage he might do after the renter is gone. Is there anything else I can do? I feel like I'm being more than fair with the tenant because he has been honest about the situation. It seems like he moved here and made a friend and that guy was a scumbag and is now taking advantage of him. Thanks for any help and sorry if it's a long rant.

Allow justice to run its course.

The biggest advice I can give you is not to cut the utilities back on.  Once the tenant cuts them off, you should leave them off.  If you have an agreement with the utility companies to switch services to your name automatically once a tenant switches them off, call the utility and place that agreement on hold for now. 

You should not be held responsible for the current tenant turning off the utilities.  However, in many states, if you put the utilities in your name, you could be fined or possibly sued if you turn off the utilities while anyone is living in the property.

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