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Q: Do I have the right to evict my tenant if the one is stealing mail

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In New York State, if you suspect your tenant of stealing mail, it's important to handle the situation with legal prudence. Mail theft is a federal crime, and any suspicions should be reported to the United States Postal Inspection Service and local law enforcement. They have the appropriate authority to investigate such matters.

Regarding eviction for criminal behavior, New York State law does provide landlords with the right to evict tenants for illegal activities. However, the eviction process must be strictly adhered to. This usually involves serving a formal notice to the tenant, which could be a Notice to Cure or a Notice to Quit, depending on the situation and your lease terms.

It's crucial to avoid self-help measures like changing locks or cutting off utilities, as these actions could lead to legal complications for you as a landlord. Given the complexities of eviction laws in New York State, consulting with a legal professional is highly recommended. They can offer guidance specific to your situation, ensuring that any actions you take are in compliance with state laws and the terms of your lease agreement.

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