Can you (legally)remove a tenant if you want to live in the unit?

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Hey BP community I am looking to purchase my first property and have been looking at multifamily options. I plan on using the house hacking strategy by living in one of the units (finally getting out of my parents house), while renting the other(s). However, many of the properties I have looked at have all units filled with tenants who plan on staying into the future. I was wondering if anyone knows how I can (legally) remove a tenant if I plan to live in the unit. Located in NY. Thanks in advance for any advice. 

@Daniel Cavallari

You can either set up a contingency during the buying process that the seller will have one unit vacant before the sale of the property or you can buy the property and not renew the lease for one of the tenants, then move in when they move out. 

Thanks @Brian Adzadi. I know a lot of the leases I have been looking at are month to month, so you're saying I can legally step in and not renew the lease, giving about a months notice. 

Originally posted by @Brian Adzadi :

@Daniel Cavallari

You can either set up a contingency during the buying process that the seller will have one unit vacant before the sale of the property or you can buy the property and not renew the lease for one of the tenants, then move in when they move out. 

Originally posted by @Daniel Cavallari:
Originally posted by @Brian Adzadi:

@Daniel Cavallari

You can either set up a contingency during the buying process that the seller will have one unit vacant before the sale of the property or you can buy the property and not renew the lease for one of the tenants, then move in when they move out. 

 Thanks @Brian Adzadi. I know a lot of the leases I have been looking at are month to month, so you're saying I can legally step in and not renew the lease, giving about a months notice. 

@Daniel Cavallari

Month to Month? Even better. At least they are not year leases where you need to wait months to not renew the lease. Yea just give them a 30 day notice that their lease is not going to be renewed and will need to find a new residence. You can be nice and give them a 60 day notice. 

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