Wrongful Eviction Action

On March 12, 2016, in Landlord-Tenant, Litigation, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

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Wrongful Evictions in New York

A wrongful eviction action is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as “a lawsuit brought by a former tenant or possessor of real property against one who has put the plaintiff out of possession, alleging that the eviction was illegal.”

A wrongful eviction action can result in the plaintiff/former occupant being restored into possession of the subject premises.  It is worth noting that when the subject premises has been re-let, the court will balance the equities between the plaintiff/former occupant vs. the rights of the new resident of the subject premises.  Wrongful evictions can be litigated in every county in New York State.

Another possible outcome of a wrongful eviction action is that the plaintiff/former occupant can be awarded punitive damages.  Often times, wrongful evictions result in economic loss such as hotel costs for the former occupant, or the loss of personal belongings that were discarded by the defendant.  In New York, treble damages may be awarded in wrongful eviction actions.

For the eviction to have been a wrongful eviction or illegal, the underlying basis or the case procedure must have an identifiable defect.  Often times, Rent Stabilization Procedures are not properly followed or tenant payments are not properly credited to the tenants account.  Self-Help adds a layer of complication but almost always fits into the category of wrongful eviction, especially in residential units.  Self-Help language in leases will be reviewed by courts when a self-help eviction issue is raised in the court.

Understanding the landlord tenant dynamic and how wrongful evictions play a roll in that dynamic can present a dilemma if you do not seek the advice of an attorney.  These complex issues are often not presented properly and the cases are often dismissed.

Eviction Attorney in New York

If you have been wrongfully evicted, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 to speak to an attorney today!

Nassau County Evictions

On August 7, 2014, in Landlord-Tenant, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

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Knowing the venue where you are litigating your eviction is vital in several ways including the cost of the action.  Nassau County in particular can be very costly due to some local town codes.  In Nassau County, the Sheriff requires the landlord to pay for the moving expenses and first month’s storage charges for the tenant’s belongings.  The reason for this cost is that Nassau County and the municipalities and townships inside Nassau County have ordinances and codes in place to protect the public health and welfare in their municipalities or towns.  These town codes prevent garbage and discarded property from being left curbside.  Faced with the dilemma of figuring out how to execute the warrant of eviction for landlords without leaving the tenant’s belongings curbside, the Sheriff decided to employ the services of a moving company to remove the tenants belongings and acquire a storage unit to hold such belongings.  It is the responsibility of the Sheriff to ensure that the municipality collects these funds and does not take a financial loss.  The Sheriff therefore demands that the landlord pay the moving and storage expense upfront.  For more information regarding this aspect of Nassau County eviction proceedings, read the decision of

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the moving and storage expenses associated with an eviction proceeding, call (516) 858-2620 to speak with an eviction attorney today!
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