Posted by Mark on August 06, 2001 at 17:09:42:
I am living in an apartment complex (6-units) in Barker, New York. The owners live out of the area and I was asked to assume on-site management and maintenance duties for the premisis. Part of the agreement was to deduct agreed-upon hourly amount from rent for time spent in duties. I recently got a new job out of the immediate area. With having to commute plus overtime, and other job-related requirements, prevented me from doing an exemplary job as a manager. Owners came over one day and stated that I wasn't doing a good job (the truth) and they removed me as manager. I wrote a letter inquiring about other duties, if any, I was left with as they didn't cover them on that day of infamy. The return response covered specific items of their dissatisfaction, some I agreed with, some were assumptions on their part, but the last paragraph in essence stated that I was to consider that letter "...an advance notification of eviction". They were kind enough to tape this letter to my door. I never received any additional correspondence from them.
My question is, is this legal? Because residency wasn't contingent on management responsibilities, can they legally evict me on that basis? From what I understand they they can ask me to leave without explanation, but can't evict without a court order and process served by a server. The attitude of the owners is very tense and I feel they are going to take me to the cleaners with my security deposit, charging me with hyped up cleaning costs and damage reimbursement. One additional note, the owners made perhaps 4-6 visits to the property in about 4 years then all of a sudden began arriving twice weekly about the time that everything started happening.
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