Tel: (718) 522-3600
Some cases may require that the tenant receive a special written notice before the lawsuit can begin. All legal papers must be served upon the tenant by a process server. We find that it works best if our office prepares the papers and directs the service but we will need your assistance to get the process server into the building. The tenant will be served 5-7 days after you come in to sign the papers.
Important documents necessary for Court will need to be obtained at this point. A certified copy of the deed or the original lease is absolutely necessary. If the building is a multiple dwelling (3 or more apartments), a certified copy of the Multiple Dwelling Registration is necessary. If the building is rent controlled or rent stabilized a certified copy of the DHCR Registrations are necessary. This office will help you obtain these and other documents and prepare you and your witnesses for trial.
In the Resolution Part the judge and his court attorneys try to negotiate a settlement of the case. Remember, you do not have to settle, no matter what we or the judge recommend. You can always go to trial. But you hire us for our expertise, so listen to our recommendations. We never recommend a settlement for less than you could win at trial, but if your case is not as strong as it could be, maybe a settlement is in your best interest. If the case settles, but the tenant later defaults, we will restore the matter to obtain a judgment and a warrant of eviction.
Please remember that your case may not go through all of the above stages. The tenant may settle early or just move out. There may be, however, additional stages if the tenant gets a lawyer who raises complex defenses. Likewise, the tenant may bring "Order To Show Cause" to delay his or her eviction.
Once we are retained, the following are the average costs you can expect:
Take information, draft Preliminary Notices .......... $ 75 - 125.00
Draft & file Notice and Petition summoning tenant to court .......................... $180 - 200.00
Index Number (Court Fee)....................................... $ 35.00
Process Server ($30-$35 per adult).......................... $ 65.00 (est)
Preparation of the Warrant Request........................ $ 50.00
Marshal's Warrant Filing Fee .................................. $ 10.00
In addition, we charge $25.00 to obtain a certified document and the fees to the City are $4.00 per page for a certified deed or other document and $8.00 for a certified MDR.
If the tenant doesn't move and the Marshal must actually come to do an eviction, he will charge you these additional fees:
Service of the Notice of Eviction................... $ 50.00 (est)
Marshal's Eviction.......................................... $ 75.00
Finally, if you have to remove the tenant's belongings, there will be moving and storage charges.
For an average nonpayment case, litigated through trial and the order of a warrant, we estimate that the cost will be about $750 - $1000. Holdovers (because of the preliminary notices) will cost $1000 - $1500.
Please realize that the above figures are estimates for an average case. They could be much less if the tenant settles early or moves out. They could also be more if the tenants put up a real fight or if the case is complicated (hard cases are our specialty). We cannot control the judges or the court procedures, all we can do is fight as hard as we can for you. You will receive regular billings showing the work we do, the hours we spent at it, your fee for that work and the disbursements we incurred. You should review these carefully and call us if you have a question. Because this work moves so quickly, we request "retainers" for us to bill against. Once the retainer is exhausted, we will request a further retainer.
We will regularly send you letters letting you know what is happening with your case and feel free to call us if you need to discuss anything. Attached hereto is a copy of the new Clients' Bill of Rights which we are asked to give to each new client.
We look forward to working with you and a successful conclusion to your case.
Very truly yours,
THE LAW FIRM OF JON DAVID SHERRY
153 Remsen Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Tel: (718) 522-3600