Dear Brooklyn Tenant:
A tenant without a lease living in NYC is described by Landlord and Tenant law with the name of "month to month tenant." A landlord of a month to month tenant is not compelled to perpetuate the tenancy and may at a time of its own choosing, decide to end the relation of landlord and tenant. The method needed to start an eviction case in Housing Court requires proper service upon the tenant of a written thirty day tenancy termination notice. But no one really wants to start a lawsuit and a tenant surely does not need a judge to declare the landlord is entitled to an eviction and authorize a NYC Marshal to evict the tenant.
Your landlord may be operating with instructions provided by a lawyer. Do not take any more rent. Inform the tenant you want the tenant to move. If the tenant doesn't get the message--follow up with the proper legal notice and start the court case, if necessary.
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