I sublet my apartment and my subtenant, upon moving in, decided to cancel his stay, claiming that the apartment was full of dead bugs and cockroaches. The apartment was clean when I left it (although I foolishly failed to take pictures to prove it). I do not mind that he canceled his stay, but now he is threatening legal action if I do not pay for his hotel stay that he booked when he moved out—he also claims that the apt is in violation of our agreement. There is nothing in the subtenant agreement about the cleanliness of the apt; the only thing related is the lease that *I* signed with the landlord saying that I, the tenant, would keep the apartment clean. He is only asking $500 but I am a grad student and cannot afford this. Does he have any legal recourse? How should I handle it?
Dear how should I handle this?
In New York, a legal sublease requires the consent of the landlord unless your lease allows subletting without prior permission or consent.
If this person sues he would need to prove you breached the lease. Anyone can sue. That does not mean he could succeed.
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.
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