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eviction of sub-tenant

Posted by Annonymous on December 03, 1996 at 15:20:11:

I have subletters in my rent stabilized apartment who are refusing to
cooperate. They moved into the apartment while I was abroad, based on a
friendly agreement with my previous sub-tenant who had to leave.
On moving in, September of 1996, they canceled my telephone
(by providing false information to the phone company) and put the phone into
their name. They have also disposed of things (furniture) in the apartment.
I considered this a breech of our (verbal, third party) agreement
which states that the apartment was to be maintained as is. (All of my
belongings are in it.) I therefore asked for a security deposit and
formal, written agreement. They have refused--and stopped paying rent
since I requested that it be paid to my account, rather than to the landlord.
(The landlord accepted rent from them twice. But has since agreed not to
and has taken Dec. rent from me.) I now want to evict them.
(note: I did not at any point follow the legal proceedure to
sublet.But my landlord is in support of my taking the apartment back.)

Can somebody tell me if my sub-tenants have any legal claim to the apartment?
And what are the best grounds on which to evict them?

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