Occupancy Agreement Contained Unlawful Self-Help Eviction Provision

LVT Number: #24560

Under the Veteran Affairs Grant and Per Diem Program, tenant moved into transitional housing for homeless female veterans that was managed by landlord not-for-profit organization. As a condition for the housing, landlord required tenant to sign an agreement waiving tenant's right under the Real Property Law (RPL) to any tenancy termination notice and eviction proceeding before landlord could engage in self-help eviction. After landlord removed tenant from the apartment by changing the locks, tenant sued landlord in housing court and asked to be restored to possession.

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