Free room in Brooklyn, NY

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    Dec 16, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
    I checked the forum rules to see if this was forbidden, couldn't find anything against it, and RealJock doesn't seem to have a classified section. Plus I'm not asking for or offering money, so it's a mutual favor.

    Free bedroom available in my house in Brooklyn for a couple months.

    The drawback? I'm evicting my roommate and I need someone to stay there so he's not rejoicing at my absence, or damaging the place, nor has a whole 3 bedroom house to himself so that he's motivated to drag the court case out. (He's been evicted before and didn't show up then according to the public records, so I'm hoping it's no worse for me. But he's become clear he's a "professional tenant")

    He's straight and orthodox Jewish, if that matters. I'm not, if that matters.

    Happy to have a couple take the room.

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    Dec 23, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    well, my roommate is moving out next yricon_confused.gif
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    Dec 23, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
    After filing a summons for unlawful detainer, you simply go to court and have him evicted. On the day of transfer a sheriff is appointed to be present, and the roommate is forced to vacate. His possessions have to be removed completely at that time. There is no "dragging the court case out." He may be able to get a single continuance, but beyond that I don't see how he could really do much else. Start to finish the process should only take about 3-4 weeks.

    Also, if he isn't on a lease, you can simply just call the police and have them escort him out.


    I'm a property investor/manager.
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    Dec 23, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Thats very nice of you to open your home,,,
    I'm sure theres always a worthy responsible student who'll respect your home and take good care of it....Call the universities and colleges', you can even open your home to a mother with a child or two...
    Way to go.icon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif
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    May 03, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Been off RJ for a while, didn't realize I had responses from months ago!

    Ganemede, thanks for your input, but nobody who's been through this in Brooklyn (this now includes me) agrees with any part of your assessment. There's no such thing as "simply evicting" anyone here, with or without a lease. And certainly not in just 3-4 weeks.

    Laws are different all over, and perhaps more importantly so are judges. NYC is extremely pro-tenant, and Brooklyn is the worst borough for landlords as far as how the judges treat them. There are parts of the country where a landlord says git and you'd better git because he's allowed to use a shotgun, but this isn't one of those places. Which of course is precisely why we have such a thing as "professional tenants" here in the first place.

    BTW, in NYC once you've lived somewhere over 30 days you have all the rights of a tenant, even if you never paid a cent or never had a lease or even an agreement. So don't let a guest stay too long!

    As there was no lease I had to start with a 30-day notice, and then the first automatic postponement gave him another free month on top of that. And don't even get me STARTED on the police! No, they don't escort anyone off the property if you admit he's ever been a roommate/tenant. They just tell you that it's a Housing Court matter and walk away. He even CHANGED THE LOCKS ON ME AND THE PAYING ROOMMATE, but because I own the house they told him they'd have arrested ME if I'd done that to him. They refused to arrest him, even though there were supposed to because it's illegal eviction no matter who locks who out.

    Anyway, I shouldn't get into this again, it's over and I need to stop thinking about it. And the story is just too long. But thanks for trying to help.