I live in Astoria, Queens, NY.
The renewed lease for the apartment, (signed Aug 1, 2006,) is in my name only. At that time, I took on a new roommate, and my landlord took his personal info, (phone #, name, references,) just for his records. My roommate and I only have a verbal agreement, (I indicated that I desired a "long term" roommate, but I was clear to never guarantee him anything; ) and I had purposely kept the lease only in my name in order to retain some control over the apartment. I've decided I no longer want to live with this person, and asked him to leave. He told me he cannot and will not leave. My reasons are merely personal; he pays the rent on time, and is reasonably clean and considerate of the apt. I realize I've made a poor error in judgement and decisions, but do I have any method to get rid of him? Do I need to involve my landlord? From browsing other threads, it sounds likely that I am likely considered his landlord, that he is month-to-month, and that I need to sue to evict him. Can I win a case to evict with no material reasons? Do I need to take it that far? Is there no simpler method?
Thanks for your help.