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If a tenant has a month to month lease and is given 2 months notice to leave can the landlord change the locks two days later?

Brooklyn, NY |

apartment is in Brooklyn ny and landlord wants to avoid eviction process. Can the landlord legally change the locks for non payment of rent after that date?

Attorney Answers 5

  1. No the landlord can not change the locks or take any other type of self help action to evict you. If he does he is liable for damages.

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  2. Absolutely not. Your 2-month notice may not even be legally sufficient to serve as notice. You need to speak with an attorney to be sure you've properly commenced the eviction.

    Next, even assuming (for the point of argument) that your notice was sufficient, the next step would be purchasing an index number and serving the tenant with a notice and petition. Then the fun begins.

    Either way, you are a few months away from changing the locks. Do not do that!

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  3. I agree with the previous answer and self help eviction is subject to sanctions in every jurisdiction.
    Good Luck

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  4. Unless the landlord receives a written surrender and delivery of the keys, it is imperative to obtain legal possession of the apartment from the tenant by starting a proceeding, obtaining a judgment and warrant of eviction and then having a marshal recover possession for the landlord. Locking tenants out without legal process is usually an illegal eviction and the tenant could seek treble damages and legal fees. n owner should consult an attorney in all instances where she believes a tenant may have surrendered possession.

  5. As everyone else has stated, the landlord may not engage in a self help eviction; a court proceeding must be commenced against you, and a warrant of eviction must issue, and then only a City Marshal can perform a legal eviction.