The first offer from the landlord’s representative came in April: Take $90,000 to move out, the tenants said they were told, or the landlord would sue and they would lose their apartment anyway.
Lin Thai Ng, who lives in a cramped $500-a-month studio in NoLIta with her husband, said no. The landlord persisted and offered $100,000.
But after they refused again, the couple received a notice saying they were not the lawful tenants and declaring them squatters. They were told they had 18 days to get out or they would be evicted.
“He wants us to move,” Ms. Ng, 57, an immigrant from Malaysia, said in Cantonese through an interpreter, “but where are we going to move?”