The tenant moved to florida without notice owning 3 months of back rent and another 5 more months on hos yearly lease. Is it pointless to take action and if not what action do I take?
Dear Staten Island Property Owner
Hard to say if it is worth hiring a Florida attorney and traveling for depositions and court appearances. If the rent is $6000/month, explore what a Florida attorney could do for you about the debt owed. A problem you may encounter is the strange NY State rule that a landlord isn't required to mitigate damages caused by a tenant breach of lease is not how the rest of the country understands the landlord duty.
If the rent is closer to $400/month then this doesn't seem worth chasing to Florida. You may consider hiring/consulting a NY attorney to use NY long arm jurisdiction and serve a NY State summons and complaint in Florida. The upside is securing a judgment without a contest in NY assuming you secured jurisdiction and later figuring out if the removed tenant has assets that aren't protected by Florida judgment collection laws.
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