Why You Should Avoid A DIY Eviction
Being a landlord is a tough job. Unfortunately, evictions and other legal proceedings are part of the process. While there are plenty of DIY resources at housing court for both landlords and tenants, if you are a landlord, it is highly recommended that you hire a lawyer to assist you.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Housing court is not a good place to go unrepresented and fend for yourself. New York's landlord tenant laws are complicated. The housing court is chaotic at best and can be intimidating. Evictions were initially structured to be fair, quick and relatively inexpensive. In reality, however, this is far from the case. The eviction process can be in frustrating and unfairly stacked against a landlord without representation.
A recent New York Times article stated that a study is currently underway tracking the economic impact of equal representation. Thus far, statistics say that for every dollar spent on legal representation, three dollars are saved by using counsel.
Time is money, and you can't afford to waste it trying to get a nonpaying tenant out. As mentioned above, any type of misstep can cause your case delayed or dismissed, where you have to start the entire process from scratch. Or, you may get the case completed from beginning to end, but perhaps you won't get the results you had hoped for. Investing a little at the onset to retain the services of a lawyer will pay off exponentially in the long run.
What To Do Next
ust as every piece of property is unique, each instance of litigation for a piece of property is unique - and not every lawyer has experience handling such litigation. Using the legal process to achieve your strategic objectives involves much more than paper pushing. It requires an understanding of how New York City and New York State law is applied to your specific case.
Nicholas Moccia provides prospective clients a Property Strategy Session in order to ensure he understands your objectives as well as your obstacles. Nicholas Moccia then formulates a plan of action that is tailored to your objectives including a cost/benefit analysis. To this end, Nicholas Moccia provides predictable and transparent fees structures, and to the extent possible he will project for you, step by step, the likely course your case will take.
If he's not the right attorney for the matter, or if an alternative to legal action is more appropriate, you have his commitment that he'll point you in the right direction. Just call his office at (718) 701-5772 to schedule.