Legal Question in Landlord & Tenant Law in New York

private 2 family house

tenant has abandoned apartment, owes 2+ months rent

at what point can landlord change locks and confiscate furnature left in apartment?

Asked on 3/22/10, 9:02 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Michael Markowitz Michael A. Markowitz, PC

The safest way is to commence an eviction proceeding. By executing on a warrant of eviction, the tenant is not able to claim conversion of his property.

If the tenant delivered the keys and provided written documentation that he abandoned the apartment, you would be able to go in without a warrant.


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Answered on 3/28/10, 6:02 am

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