A holdover is an eviction proceeding a landlord brings in Housing Court for a reason other than nonpayment of rent.
You may start a holdover case if:
- You are a landlord trying to evict a tenant, licensee, or squatter. A tenant is someone with whom you signed a lease agreement or from whom you have collected rent. A licensee is an occupant you let live in the apartment without a rental agreement. A squatter is someone who never had permission to live in the apartment and is not the subtenant or licensee of your tenant.
- You are the prime tenant trying to evict your subtenant or licensee. You may do this if you are a tenant trying to evict your roommate. A prime tenant is someone who has a lease or rental agreement with the landlord. A subtenant is the tenant of the prime tenant (someone who pays rent to the prime tenant). A prime tenant can also have a licensee.