Eviction Of A Tenant: The Coronavirus Quandary

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By: Akanksha A. Panicker

The onslaught of the coronavirus on the New York economy has been devastating on everyone. Nonessential businesses have closed in most states, and new unemployment application numbers are soaring. These economic situations may make it difficult for tenants to pay rent, but it also places a heavy burden on the landlords who rely on rental payments as a crucial source of income. In this article, the effect of the pandemic on the eviction of tenants will be outlined and the options at one’s disposal will be understood.

[1.0] The Background and The Eviction Procedure 

Ordinarily, a landlord can evict a tenant for a variety of reasons, provided that the termination of the tenancy occurs before the eviction. However, cause is an essential requirement for a landlord who wants an early termination for a tenancy or who wants a tenant to move out before the rental term has expired.. 

The tenant can be evicted early for a couple of different reasons, including not paying rent or violating the lease or rental agreement  The termination happens by way of written notice given to the tenant by the landlord. Failure to comply leads to the landlord filing an eviction lawsuit with a court. 

New York is a tenant-friendly state and requires the culmination of a tenancy to comply with highly specific regulations that are aimed at particular situations that arise. Depending upon the circumstances, different types of notices and procedures may be provided.  Additionally, eviction regulations in New York depend upon whether the rental property is located within the boundaries of New York City or whether the property is rent-regulated as well. These factors are necessary to consider before entering into a tenant-landlord relationship. 

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