I’m hoping some of our legal eagles can help us out.
My father-in-law had a squatter living in one of the apartments in his house. The squatter’s girlfriend had (lawfully) rented the place then moved out and her boyfriend moved in. He, of course, promptly stopped paying rent.
A few months ago, the guy left and my father-in-law changed the locks. I don’t mean that he left for the afternoon and came back to find the place locked in the evening – he left to France for a few months.
Last night, he came back and tried to get into the place. When he couldn’t, he called the cops, saying that he was only in France on vacation (if you can afford a multi-month vacation overseas then pay the rent!) – and my father-in-law was arrested for an illegal eviction!
My question is, when do “squatter’s rights” end in NYC? If I live someplace long enough to establish “squatter’s rights” and then leave, can I come back a several months later and say that I didn’t really move out? A year? Five years? What’s the limit?
He’s currently in holding awaiting arraignment later today. Any advice from the legal dopers? I’d appreciate any you have to offer.