Knowing now what I didnâ€™t know beforeâ€¦ Youâ€™re in NYC or any of the 5 boros its 2010 you have a spare bedroom and the thought of renting it out and making the spare cash sounds good, what most of us home owners donâ€™t know is that itâ€™s not legal in NYC unless you have a boarding house. And when you do rent a room the tenant has to have their own bathroom and kitchen otherwise is not considered a legal apartment and is considered a room rental, if itâ€™s in a basement it has to be set up to legally rent out as a bedroom or a studio. Hereâ€™s what happened to me. All my kids are grown so I rented out a bedroom in my own private house. Everything was going really good, the extra income was helping a lot. And I thought I had the perfect tenant. After 9 months I noticed that she has mental problems, she was doing crazy weird things like throwing ice on the floors all around the house, Burning camphor, mumbling to herself all day and knight. I had to call 911 on her to take her to the hospital for her mental health. When she came back home I asked her to find a place because Iâ€™m not comfortable with her in the house anymore. The burning camphor was a fire hazard the ice on the floor could make someone slip and get hurt. And the mumbling is freeking everyone out. I think she was worshiping the devil. So I had to take her to court. And thatâ€™s when I found out that renting a Bedroom in your apartment of house ISNâ€™T legal. Why because we donâ€™t pay taxes on that. But I had to do what I could to get her out the house. Imagine living in a house with someone you canâ€™t trust, youâ€™re scared that she might burn the house down, or sneak into your room and involve you in her crazy rituals, or who know what she was capable of. I didnâ€™t know that she had a history of mental problems before. But she knows the law as it pertains to rental situations. She knew I couldnâ€™t kick her out and that I had to go to court and the court would grant her more time to find a place and that time would be in addition to the time I had to wait to see a judge. Then when she left she left a bunch of dirty clothes and other junk in the room. I later found that now I am responsible for safeguarding her belongings and I canâ€™t sell them even though she owes me close to $2000. I canâ€™t throw them out and i canâ€™t put them in storage because all the storage places want it in my name and would keep billing me for the storage. So I took her to court. I was lucky enough to win the case because she didnâ€™t even show up. But now I have to pay an additional $300. So that a marshal can get a warrant in order to enforce the court decision. Meaning that the marshal has to get a warrant to come in and look at the bedroom and say ok the room is now your property. They also document whatâ€™s in the room but they wonâ€™t remove anything. So now I still have to keep her stuff for at least 6 months. And by the way that 6 months is an unofficial number, nobody will tell me how long I have to keep her stuff safe. But within a year she can take be back to court and claim she is missing stuff or that I took her stuff and I would be liable for damages at a rate of 300 percent. After 3 months of this nightmare I now have permission from the city to change my own lock to my own house. I would encourage anyone who really needs the money and is still willing to rent out a room in their home to do a full background check, see if they had problems in NYC housing, if they have been taking to housing court or civil court, if they have a criminal record, if they have a mental history, get as much of a deposit as you can as well as first and last month rent. And then as soon as possible save at least $1,000 of what you make from the rent and consider that money as a loss, to be used for later to get rid of this person. When I was considering renting the room, I searched on the internet and couldnâ€™t find out if it was legal or not. So I guess we can all learn from my mistake. Good luck to all, I know these are hard times and we all could use some extra cash but in my case isnâ€™t wantâ€™ worth the money to live in fear of a crazy person in my own house.