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Is my landlord allowed to charge me a whole month if I've only lived in the unit for 15 days- location: Bronx NY

New York, NY |

Hello, I moved into a new apt on July 15th (lease starts July 1st although the previous tenant did not vacate the apt until the 15th) They are making me pay a full months rent for August although I believe i should only pay the remaining balance of occupancy from July 15th- July 31st because I paid first month and deposit to move into the unit. Also, the previous tenant paid the entire rent for the month of July.

Attorney Answers 1


  1. Dear Bronx Tenant:

    The landlord may charge rent only as set out in the lease. If the landlord could not deliver possession until July 15, 2014, the lease should provide that rent is due only from the date the landlord delivered vacant possession into a ready to move in apartment. New York law does not allow a double-dip for the landlord in rent collection. Since the prior tenant paid July, none of your first month rent should have been charged to July. Your first month rent would cover August and you would next pay rent September 1, 2014.

    The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should try to avoid a bad outcome if you can.