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If my landlord does not have certificate of occupancy can I

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hi if my landlord does not have certificate of occupancy can I get evicted
JA: Does this involve a written or oral agreement? And is this a month-to-month lease or fixed term?
Customer: written agreement
JA: Because laws vary based on location, what state are you in?
Customer: newyork
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Customer: that's it ok
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 2 months ago.

Yes, you can be evicted. However, if you refuse to move out, the Landlord must file eviction action in Court against you in order to remove you from the premises. There is no self-remedy to eviction actions in New York. This means that the Landlord cannot lock you out or shut off your utilities in order to force you out. The Landlord must use the Court system to accomplish the eviction.

If your Landlord does not have Certificate of Occupancy, your Landlord is renting to you illegally and thus the Landlord is not entitled to rent. The Landlord can also ask you to move out so that he/she can bring the premises into compliance.