Oswego, NY asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: My tenants lease expired in July 2020. They haven’t paid the last 3 months. What are my options to remove them?

We both agreed that the tenants would pay on a monthly basis. The tenants have not paid a dime of rent for the past 3 months and refuse to pay now because they say they are protected from the covid 19 relief. What can I do? I am sick of being a landlord and really just want to sell the house. Can I sell the house since they do not have a lease with me?

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Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Your tenants may be protected by COVID 19 protections now, but that doesn't stop you from taking the proper steps to begin the removal process and get them financially on the hook and yourself in line to get them evicted. I would strongly urge you to evict them first and sell after. Selling while they are still in the house gives them an incentive to stay, and try getting money out of you in the process. You really need to consult with an attorney who handles these kinds of matters to start up the process.

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