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Re: Brooklyn, NY - classic unlawful eviction of "roommate"

Posted by JJ on May 25, 1999 at 16:16:25:

In Reply to: Brooklyn, NY - classic unlawful eviction of posted by Gary Niemcewicz on May 20, 1999 at 12:40:11:

: Hi,

: I am trying to help my girfriend with a pretty nasty situation she is in.

: Basically, Ana shares an appartment with a legal lease holder (Maria), and Maria wants to throw Ana out because Maria's daughter is coming to the country to live with her.

: The phone has been cut off (no 911 dial), the water is cut off from inside on and off, the new locks have been put on the main entry door. I have spoken to the landlord and he seems willing to help, but so far does nothing (perhaps he will, I don't know). There is one more occupant of the appartment, semi-willing to help (kinda neutral and easily scared).

: We have mail addressed to Ana, possibly we will have neighbors' statement of legal residence over 30 days, but not a copy of a lease or utility bills (to prove legal residence).

: Ana also removated her room a bit, and now she is losing it all becasue of the eviction. I am getting her outta there ASAP (a month or so), but my question is: how do I document the situation and possibly fight for what happened in court now or later on (damages ? reimbursement of some money we lost in this ?) ? I am trying to find some tenant helpline and such, will keep looking.

: If you people out there have any ideas - let me know ! Thanks !

: Gar'

the police action MikeW spoke of is on the homepage of and is only if Ana is STILL physically locked out: suggest you print it: even if they read it, the police might not do it.
Maria is a landlord & has to follow the law: 30-day notice to terminate and evict a month-to-month tenant: use these terms to search here for earlier posts with better explanations. sue in Housing court for illegal lockout if it is not done right.
after Ana leaves, sue in small claims for reimbursement of renovation & damages: illegal lockout is worth treble damages, 3 times the rent: use search for illegal lockout, too.
good luck.

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