Failure to Pay Up

By Brandi Bailey

October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Becoming a landlord takes a large amount of responsibility. As a tenant there's accountability for monthly payments. What happens when your tenants just stop paying?

Diana Panicek has owned her property on Albany Avenue in Johnson City for years.

One of her most recent tenants is giving her trouble and driving away other renters.

Panicek's tenant moved in during the month of August and hasn't paid rent in two months, totaling more than $1,200.

Panicek is now taking legal action to have the tenant removed from the residence. She took the tenant to court Wednesday morning getting the final word after a lengthy process.

"Today in court he said he's not paying, he doesn't feel he has to pay because he's being harassed to pay his rent," said Panicek.

"Once notice is given, petition to the court, the judge hears the case and serves the warrant. That's where the Sheriff's office gets involved. We have to serve the warrant, once its served they have 72 hours to leave," said Chief of Civil Enforcement, Ronald Bill.

The Sheriff's Office stresses that if the tenant is not out within 72 hours, they will remove them and their belongings. The residence will then be turned back over to the landlord.