How long does it take to be evicted?

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How long does it take to be evicted?

My boyfriend has been living in my home for approximately 1 year. He has paid rent, has utility bills listed in his name, but does not have any ownership of the home. He is verbally abusive and an alcoholic. He has not been physically abusive but I fear that he could be. The police were called once after an argument, and I was told he is allowed 30 days to move out. I would like him out sooner and was wondering if an eviction could speed up the process?

Asked on August 13, 2010 under Real Estate Law, New York

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Listen the police advised you based on what?  Your claim that he was a tenant without a lease - which makes him a month to month tenant - and did they advise you as to notice of termination of the leasehold?  Do not hold your breath for him to move at this point in time.  If he figures out that he has more rights than you as a tenant he will be there for much longer than the next 30 days.  Go and see an attorney in your area that deals with eviction.  Start the proceedings and do it right from the beginning.  You also might want to apply for a restraining order.  Ask the attorney what you can do quickly.  Good luck.


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