Termination Notices

Before filing an eviction case, a landlord must provide tenants with certain notices required by law.  Read the eviction section to learn more about the required notices.   Keep in mind, just because a landlord starts an eviction case does not mean that the landlord will win.  Tenants have certain rights, and there are several defenses to an eviction case.

Can my landlord evict me without going to court?

Absolutely not. 

A landlord must go to court, and must obtain a warrant of eviction from a Judge, and then must pay a fee to have a law enforcement officer properly evict you.  This is true even if you owe rent, your lease has ended, if you live in a rooming house, or have stayed in a hotel room for at least 30 days.

It is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to illegally evict you by:

  • Changing the locks,
  • Padlocking the doors,
  • Taking out your furniture or property,
  • Removing the door of the apartment or house,
  • Turning off the electricity or water,
  • Doing, or threatening to do, anything else that keeps you out of your house or apartment.  See Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law Section 768.

If you are facing eviction contact the Queens Eviction Lawyers to fight eviction.  You may have legal defenses that prevent a landlord from evicting you or collecting back rent from you. 

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