What should I do if the tenants above me are being kicked out of the rented house and I was renting the basement from them?
2 attorney answers
Dear Jamaica Tenant
When the landlord discovers that you are living in the basement he may leap to the belief you broke in, trespassed and squatted in the house. You may find police knocking on your door. Police may decline to be involved so the landlord would go to court.
The landlord may learn you are in the house before the tenant moved out. Then the landlord will force the tenant into taking action to go to court to remove you.
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You have the right to remain in your apartment until a judge orders you to vacate. The landlord must start an eviction action in Housing Court. You can not legally be forced out otherwise.
Alan J. Goldberg, Esq. is an attorney with over 25 years of experience in representing tenants in life changing multi million dollar buy out situations and defending all types of eviction proceedings. He aggressively defends Non Payment, Holdover and Ejectment eviction proceedings and actions and affirmatively asserts defenses and counterclaims. All answers herein are for general and informational purposes only. The answer to a question is not legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.