The eviction process is notoriously unclear, which is why we get a lot of questions on the topic, ranging from “how do evictions work?” to “what can I be evicted for?” Our decades of experience allow us to answer these common questions for our clients, which we have outlined below.
How do Evictions Work?
An eviction is a legal process that starts with an official termination of a lease by a landlord. Landlords are required to give proper notice of termination, which can be anywhere from 7 to 30 days depending on the state. If the tenant does not vacate, a hearing will be held in a local eviction court and a judgment handed down.
In a case where the eviction is found to have sufficient legal backing, the tenant will be notified of the official eviction date, which is when they must vacate by. Also notified will be the sheriff, who will help facilitate eviction paperwork and ensure that the tenant has left the property on or before the assigned date.
How long does it take to evict someone?
The length of the eviction process varies, but barring any unforeseen delays, it takes about five weeks to three months to evict a tenant.
How long does it take to evict a tenant in NYC?
The average amount of times it takes to evict a tenant in NYC is about three months, though in some cases it may take six months or longer.
What are the reasons a landlord can evict a tenant?
A landlord must have a legally sufficient reason to evict a tenant. These include:
- If it is the end of the lease period and the landlord does not wish to renew.
- If the tenant violates a term or terms in their lease, which includes not paying rent.
- If the tenant is conducting illegal activity in the property.
- If the tenant causes extensive property damage.
If a landlord tries to evict a tenant for a non-legally sufficient reason, the judge will deny the eviction when the case goes to its hearing.
What do I do if I am evicted?
If you are evicted you must vacate the property by the assigned date. At Bennett Movers, we offer eviction services that help tenants navigate this process, including moving services, short term storage services, and assistance with the necessary eviction paperwork.
If you have been evicted from your rental property, contact us today to learn about our affordable services. We specialize in New York eviction services and can help you through each step of the eviction process.
How long do you have to move out after eviction?
An eviction notice should outline how many days a tenant has to vacate an apartment. With or without a lease a renter should expect to have 30 days to vacate an apartment upon receiving an eviction notice.
What does a Notice to Quit mean?
A Notice to Quit tells a tenant they must comply with the conditions of their lease or the tenant must give up (quit) their rental property. A notice to quit is often served under circumstances such as failing to pay rent, having too many people living in an apartment, or having pets, not allowed in the building.
Can a landlord evict you without going to court?
In the state of New York, a landlord must file an eviction lawsuit in order to evict a tenant. After the lawsuit is filed, a hearing will be held for the landlord and tenant can present their cases to a judge. Should the judge rule in favor of the landlord, the landlord will receive a warrant of non-payment, giving the landlord the authority to have the tenants removed.
Do you have to pay back rent after eviction?
A tenant who has been evicted may still be held liable for any past due rent. A landlord has the right to sue to claim the rent they are owed.