My friend's landlord lied to him that it was okay for him to be residing in the basement of a commercial building and my friend pays rent to the landlord. Now the landlord has suddenly changed and wants to kick my friend out. The landlord is harassing my friend and threatening to change the locks, saying it is illegal to be living in the basement of a commercial building. Is my friend entitled to eviction process in court or the landlord can just change the locks and throw him out without going to court? The commercial building seems not covered under loft law since my friend only moved in 2 months ago. I believe the loft law requires a tenant to have been living in a commercial building since 1980, 1981 or 1990 in order to be covered under it. Regardless can he sue for harassment.Hello Mr Smollens. I have just been informed. My friend has already moved out. Can he still sue for harassment and constructive eviction or do you think the fact that the basement is illegal will work in favor of the landlord for such lawsuit?