I'm a New York landlord with a difficult tenant. I've given the tenant the proper New York termination notice, but he still won't leave. What next? What is the New York eviction process?
For Nonpayment Cases: If the judge finds that the tenant owes rent, the judge will give the tenant five (5) days to pay the amount. You must accept the rent money within the five (5) days. If the rent money is not paid, you may evict the tenant.
For Holdover Cases: If the judge finds that you have proven your case, the judge may give the tenant some time to leave or time to cure (up to six months). The tenant will still have to pay rent during that time or be evicted earlier.
Once a court has authorized you to evict a tenant, you may now have the appropriate official (a City Marshal in New York City) ask for a warrant of eviction. You may not evict the tenant by yourself. The official will then serve the tenant with a notice of eviction. The tenant may come back to court to ask for more time. If this happens, you will be served with an "Order to Show Cause" requiring you to come back to court on a specific day. If at any time you think you are over your head, you can always seek the advice and counsel of a New York evictions attorney.