How to Avoid Risks Posed by Tenant-Superintendents
Owners sometimes hire tenants to be superintendents. This practice can lead to serious problems unless the owner takes precautions. When a tenant is hired to act as a superintendent, he becomes the owner’s employee. This is not a problem. But suppose the owner later wants to fire the employee. The owner might discover that the employee retains his rights as a tenant. If the tenant is protected by rent laws, the owner won’t be able to evict the tenant. Thus, the owner will be stuck with a tenant who was a former superintendent and who was fired by the owner.