You have always been a conscientious and fair landlord to your tenants. When an appliance breaks down or a furnace won’t start, you’ve been quick to make repairs. But in return, you expect your tenants to be responsible, pay the rent on time and otherwise remain a tenant in good standing.
Sometimes, that doesn’t work as well as it should. At some point, you may need to end their tenancy. If they have a fixed lease agreement with you, here’s how that could play out.
Property damage occurs due to tenant negligence
If your tenant is harming or devaluing your property by their actions or negligence, you don’t have to tolerate that. Misuse of your property provides you with grounds for eviction. Use their security deposit to cover repairs. But first, clearly document the damage with photos. Capture the repair process and results as well in case your tenant challenges their eviction.
Harassing or disturbing other tenants or neighbors
Problem tenants can cause long-term, reliable tenants to seek other accommodations, leaving you with empty units. If your tenant is a fan of late-night drum solos or gets into loud altercations with family members, file police reports and get statements from complaining residents. These will serve as evidence when breaking your tenant’s lease. A good paper trail can protect you from untrue allegations that can be costly to defend.
Make sure you are not on shaky legal ground
New York City has some strong tenant advocacy policies in place. Before taking any action to break a tenant’s lease, make sure that you are in full compliance with all local and state tenancy laws and regulations.