Background: An older gentleman has been living in our townhouse in Brooklyn, NY on the 1st floor with a year to year lease for about 35 years. He also gets a discount in rent for taking care of the building since he performs superintendent duties. The only problem he had with us was his toilet not working during construction but fixed it within a week.
We feel bad not renewing his lease in Jan 2018 but it's getting to a point where we need money to fund the maintenance of the building and need to get someone to live here who can afford the market rent rate.
If we don't renew his lease, how long can he stay if he decides not to move out (while we don't accept his rent checks)? What is the action I would need to take in order for him to be removed from the building?
How long could he possibly live here without paying rent?
Could he file any legal action against us as the landlords of the building?
How many months notice do I give him before telling him that we will not be renewing his lease?