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3 things to do right away if your landlord mentions an eviction

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Landlord-Tenant |

Facing the prospect of eviction from your rental property can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. However, there may be an urgent need to take immediate action to protect your rights and explore all available options.

There are three particularly important steps to take if your landlord mentions the possibility of eviction.

Communicate with your landlord

Open and clear communication with your landlord is key when facing a potential eviction. Reach out to them as soon as possible to discuss the situation. Ask for specific reasons behind the eviction notice and try to find common ground for resolving any issues. Express your willingness to cooperate and address any concerns they may have. By showing a proactive and respectful attitude, you may be able to negotiate a solution that satisfies both parties and avoids the need for eviction.

Review your lease agreement

Carefully review the terms of your lease agreement to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Pay close attention to clauses related to eviction procedures, notice periods and any conditions that your landlord must meet for eviction to occur. Familiarizing yourself with the legal framework outlined in your lease can help you assess the validity of the eviction notice. You may be able to identify any potential grounds for contesting it.

Seek assistance from housing resources

Do not hesitate to seek assistance from local housing resources and organizations that offer support to tenants facing eviction. These resources may provide valuable guidance, information and assistance in navigating the eviction process. Some organizations offer mediation services to help landlords and tenants resolve disputes amicably and avoid eviction proceedings altogether. By reaching out to these support networks, you can access the help and resources you need to navigate the challenges of eviction and protect your housing stability.

New York State law outlines specific residential tenants’ rights that protect you from unfair treatment at the hands of a landlord. If you believe your landlord is violating your rights by performing a wrongful eviction, you have the option to contest it.