if im fired and i am provided an apartment as part of my job can they just take my keys and make me leave all my possesions there?

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if im fired and i am provided an apartment as part of my job can they just take my keys and make me leave all my possesions there?

i was fired from my job as a mantience worker and was provided an apartment as
part of my pay. i was escorted out the door and forced to leave my stuff there.
they told me they would box up my stuff and put it outside

Asked on July 20, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

No, they cannot. They can evict you--if you received an apartment as part of your job, you cannot stay once you lose the job--BUT they have to evict you through the courts, by filing a proper eviction action and having the legal system (e.g. the sheriff) remove you after a hearing. 
Therefore, while you can't stay indefinitely after losing your job, they could not simply escort you out. You could potentially bring a legal action in court to be let back in on a temporary basis (if you want to explore that option, go your local court's clerk's office and explain the situation; they can provide instructions and forms), but if you have someplace you are in fact staying now, it's not clear if it's worth your while to just get back into a unit you will have to leave temporarily.


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