in houing court the judge told me am only here to pay the rent i own the landlord but the manger stated that i will have to pay the fees .when i try to work this matter out with her 3 weeks before.she stated that it was out of her hands.do still have to pay the rent late fees and the legal fee
Dear Bronx Tenant:
The only real amount that counts is the amount of the "judgment." The judgment may include rent, late fees, legal fees. This depends on how much you agree to pay. Ordinarily, judges do not like to include "legal fees" when the tenant settles a case without a trial. Although all leases contain some variation on a legal expense clause, most judges consider that the legal expenses become an issue when the landlord prevails at a trial. If you do not have a trial and you are settling, you may stand your ground and refuse to pay legal fees. The landlord could refuse to settle with you, but the judge would not want a case to go to a trial with the only item in dispute being the claimed legal fees. So most tenant who "know" choose to say "no" to the "legal fees" and settle (because the judge believes settlement is better than a trial) agreeing to pay the rent.