There was a building collapsed next to my property . I own a detached home. We were evacuated from the premises. We were all safe and sound.
When inspecting my home for safety building inspector felt there shouldn’t be any locks on tenants doors they shared the apt down stairs. There is a tenant who doesn’t want to remove his belongings. Can I remove and put it in storage?
Dear Staten Island Homeowner:
The good news as you note is no injuries due to the collapsed building. You are correct. This is an unusual occurrence--there is no off-the-shelf guidance for you.
I suggest you visit with a local attorney. Perhaps with an attorney you could convince the tenant that taking responsibility for the security of personal property is the tenant's prime responsibility and only secondarily the landlord's.
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Has a vacate order been issued? Are the locks you referred to on doors of multiple tenants to whom you have rented individual rooms? Regardless of the collapse of the neighboring building, if the tenant is unwilling to voluntarily move, you would still be required to follow applicable law, such as commencing a holdover proceeding, regarding any efforts to evict the tenant.
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