Communicate to your landlord that you would like to stay. When I'm showing investment properties, I love to be able to tell investors that a unit is rented by a good tenant who would like to stay, it helps with the sale.
Responses below are confused because they think you are a rent controlled or a rent stabilized tenant. I don't think you're either one, I think you are a market rate tenant.
Otherwise you will be asked to leave and no, you don't have any inherent right to stay. "Property can be delivered vacant" is all over the ads for multi-family listings in NYC. That means there is a month to month tenant(s) situation there.
Call the city (start with 3-1-1 on your phone) to confirm this, it's a lot cheaper (free) to hear it from the city than to hear it from a lawyer. Rent laws are complex so it's worth finding out if there is anything special about your situation.
The landlord will give you an official 30 days notice to vacate if they want you out. That's how month to month works, it's 30 days notice from either party.
I agree that you should stay out of court unless there is something happening here that we don't know about that justifies the expense, and the ding on your reputation as a tenant. You can find out from NYC what your rights are, talk with them unless you hit a roadblock (I don't think you will).
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
New York, NY
I'm going to have to agree with Mitchell on this: Either seek help from Tenant/landlord court or consult an attorney.
Commercial | Residential
REMAX PARK SLOPE
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Yes you do have rights, legal rights, hence you need to speak to an attorney. Try to work it out amicably with your landlord, if it has to go to eviction court, nobody wins. Good luck!
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
If the property has six apartments or more then its a different story. Even if your lease is expired your occupancy is month to month until your lease is renewed. Your lease will be renewed as long as you pay the rent and all legal increases. Your lease is guaranteed to renew if your within the five boroughs.
If the owner really wants you out and has just cause he can iniate an ejectment proceeding in the supreme court. Which means even if you pay the rent you have to get out. The reasons for the ejectment are very specific and you should really speak with an attorney if you get any legal papers from your landlord.
Take any legal proceeding seriously, you are at risk of losing you home. This can be very truamatic on everyone especially children. Just because a property is sold does not mean that you automatically lose your apartment. If you are not ready to move .. don't..... start looking , if not wait for legal papers. remember you have six month whether you get a dispossess or holdover proceeding to move.. Good luck and I hope this was able to help you, If you have specific question just drop a line .... George