Brooklyn, NY asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: My property in Queens has been empty 4 yrs. I'm paying my mortgage. But squatters moved in 12 days ago. What to do?

I'm having trouble finding honest property managers who are not looking for me to just give them card blanche to my property... take advantage of my situation. Is it time for a lawyer yet. I'm afraid to go to the house Myself because the squatters were a major part of the reason I left my home to begin with. A bunch of unemployed mischievous neighbors who kept harassing me until I had to leave. I would like to hire a good property manager & rent it. Do you make referrals to property managers or can someone review the contract I was given by a questionable property manager.... HELP!

1 Lawyer Answer
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The squatter thing is a whole issue, since you cannot evict people now, and even squatters have rights as tenants. You need to call the police and report it as a break in. Waiting so long is an issue. There are honest property managers, but in a small building that generates little income, it is hard for anyone to make money.

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