Here's the note that some residents received in their boxes yesterday. While it doesn't sound too bad, all things considered, I have a sneaking feeling that it will now get worse. In The Independent, Board member David Elder, along with corporate hit men Balazs and Druckier, are quoted as saying they won't evict anyone -- sort of. "They will not turn out those residents already in rooms, they insist," the article says. Gotta admit, though, it's not like an airtight contract. I wish Dee Dee were here to challenge them to a knife fight.
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Before you can be sued, the landlord or someone working for the landlord must demand the overdue rent from you and warn you that, if you do not pay, you can be evicted. You can be told this orally or in writing. If your lease requires that this kind of demand be given in writing, then it must be in writing. If it is in writing, the rent demand must be delivered to you at least three days before the day that the court papers are served, unless your lease requires more days.
If you do not pay the rent after the demand for rent is made, the landlord can file a nonpayment petition against you in Housing Court. The petition and notice of petition, usually the front and back of the same page, must be “served” on you. The Court Clerk will mail you a postcard after the landlord's petition is served telling you to promptly come to court. If you do not receive the papers but have reason to believe that a case has begun against you then you should go to your local Housing Court and check with the Clerk’s office to find out the status of your case. Failure to respond to papers could result in a “default judgment” being entered against you, and your eviction.