Adam Leitman Bailey's blog
Due to recent changes to the New York City Administrative Code and a recent decision in the Appellate Term, First Department, landowners who seek to buy out the rights of tenants in occupancy face a minefield of requirements and restrictions. Done properly, the landowner can recapture the apartment for other uses and seriously increase the rent.
When an owner evicts a tenant from an apartment, by the end of the process the tenant typically owes the owner some substantial sum of money. While these evictions are usually in the context either of a nonpayment proceeding or a holdover proceeding prosecuted in the New York City Civil Court, such prosecutions do not necessarily result in an actual money judgment rendered in favor of the owner. Of course, often they do.