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Are you under a fixed term written lease or are you month to month?
Ok, then unfortunately, you are considered a month to month tenant and under NY law, the primary tenant, who is your landlord, only has to give you a written one month notice to terminate your tenancy. He would then have to file a formal eviction action in court in order to get a judgment and writ that the marshall or constable would execute to physically remove you from the property.
That would typically take about 3 more weeks after the written notice expires.
So if he has given you 2 months written notice, then that would comply with the law regarding terminating your tenancy.
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Correct. Verbal means nothing legally. So the clock doesn't start running until you receive at least a one month written notice.
But I wouldn't mention that to the prime tenant to tip them off though..