I begrudgingly re-signed my lease effective November 1, 2018 after speaking with the management representative. I requested a six month term to which he said that they did not do six month leases but if enough notice was given they could end it early. The language of the lease states that I’d owe any money until the landlord found a new lessee. Naturally, I’m in the process of closing on a house and not interested in paying rent and a mortgage. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Dear Manhattan Tenant:
Your house transaction attorney should be able to calculate when you should give notice to the landlord with time to market the apartment and arrange for you moving out with just enough time for the landlord to get the apartment ready [cleaned, painted, etc.] for the new tenant to move in. Whenever this happens, the best you could hope for is moving out and paying one full last month rent and also recovering your security deposit.
Your landlord agreed to terms friendly to you and not at all required by prevailing NY State Housing Law, that allows the landlord to leave the apartment empty and charge the old tenant for all the rent remaining on the lease.
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You should have an attorney review your lease and consult with an attorney regarding your legal options.
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