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Tenant From Hell ---> PLEASE ADVISE

Posted by Denis G on December 26, 2000 at 16:01:50:

My family are the owners of a 5 story building in lower manhattan. The groud floor is rented out commercially, and the 4 floors above are all lofts (125' x 35'). A looong time ago, about 20 yrs now, maybe longer, a tenant moved in ( I believe she was/is an artist). She paid some rent for a while, then stopped completely. She started out renting two lofts, and completely stopped paying rent on both. A few years later, she divided up the lofts and subletted the area to other artists/tenants (and began collecting rent without paying us a dime). We have tried to remove her many times, but lawyers have told us that the time and effort required is not worth the reward. To me, this is crazy. A woman who claims to be an artist (Doesnt live in NYC for more than 3 months a yr, lives in Virginia for the other 9 mths) is living in our building rent free, and still collects rent from half a dozen of her own tenants. What can we do about this situation? Surely, there has to be a law that can have her removed. I was told that if the space was to be used for the owners of the building (ie: commerically for the owners of the building's use), she can be removed. Can anyone help me in this situation?
Denis G.

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