What’s a library to you, is a nuisance to the landlord. What you consider a bit of disorganization, the landlord considers a fire hazard…all those newspapers and magazines you have piled up around the apartment. As a general rule, you may not occupy your apartment in a manner that exposes the building or other tenants to danger without risking loss of your tenancy. Hazardous clutter is grounds for eviction. Some people have Collyer’s Syndrome, a condition that generates hoarding behaviors they cannot stop without professional assistance. Sooner or later, the landlord, building super, or a repair person will need access to your unit. If the place looks as if it’s beyond what could simply be considered ordinary sloppiness, you may get a “notice to cure,” followed by a set of eviction papers. If that happens, be prepared to put your stuff in storage quickly, if you want to keep your apartment.
Please Note: Every McAdams Law Tenant Protection Tip and article is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for legal advice. Before taking action, consult an experienced New York Landlord Tenant attorney about your situation. Beware that being a party in a lawsuit in New York City’s Housing Court can subject you to blacklisting.
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