Landlord Part Deux (NYC edition)
April 25, 2014 1:14 PM Subscribe
Our neighbors are complaining to our landlord about what seem really ridiculous matters, and he is sending letters threatening eviction. We pay our rent on time and try not to bother him. Please help me figure out what he might be thinking, how to deal with this, and what our rights are.
posted by corb to Law & Government (17 answers total)
our landlord was hassling us about potential leaks. We took Mefite advice and began aggressively trying to manage the problem, while trying to figure out a new place to live/good timeframe to move. Now, the landlord sent a letter to us claiming that our neighbors have said that our daughter is throwing lit matches out the window and breaking storm drains. This seems...highly implausible to say the least. (Our daughter is ten and her irresponsibility does not manifest in those types of ways) The "evidence" is that they found a burnt out match on their windowsill. I asked her about it, and she said that she had not been doing that.
Our landlord seems to be taking their word on this, I think in his mind we're somehow "problem tenants", since he's yet again sent a letter threatening doom and Housing Court. I think he's well aware that in NYC, even going to Housing Court, even if you're right, is like the kiss of death for other landlords.
I don't know what to do. I don't know if he has a case, or how swift non-arrears evictions can be. If it's relevant, I also have a legal disability (PTSD) which is severely exacerbated by his behavior. We are willing to look for a place, but both work full time and don't have a lot of time/energy to be dealing with this right now - and also would need the deposit back in order to be able to put a deposit at the new place.
Please help me figure out:
What is he possibly thinking/coming from?
How can we defend ourselves?
Is he likely to be able to evict us?
How long will that process take if he does try?