Most experienced landlord-tenant lawyers charge a flat fee for residential evictions. The customary fee for a residential eviction is generally in the range of $1,000 to $1,500 in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Beware of lawyers who charge significantly more or significantly less than that. It may mean that they are not experienced landlord-tenant lawyers who regularly practice in that field. Also, beware of hidden or extra charges. Some lawyers may charge a low initial fee, and then bill you hundreds of dollars for each future court appearance. Not only do you almost always wind up paying more in the long run, but your case seems to always get adjourned to another court date, dragging out the eviction of your tenant. Generally, the only fee you should pay your eviction lawyer is his or her actual legal fee, and the cost of a process server to serve all required papers. At the Murtha Law Firm, we charge you one low flat rate, regardless of the number of court appearances, and regardless of whether we have to go to trial. We enjoy trials, because it means you’ll be walking out of the courtroom with a final decision on your eviction proceeding. And when your tenant sees that we mean business, reality usually sinks in, and we can often talk them into a settlement that is agreeable to the landlord.