Posted by Aanna on January 03, 2000 at 15:15:00:
In Reply to: How do I break my lease? posted by mui mui on January 02, 2000 at 14:26:08:
: I am very unhappy with my living situation. I wish to end my lease and leave.
: I live with a roommate in a co-op building. The lease is under my name only. I
: want to switch it over to my roommate's name. Do I need a lawyer for this? Or
: can we handle it with my landlord? She's saying that she needs to look into it
: because we live in a co-op building, there may be stricter rules about leases.
: Is that true? I signed the lease with my landlord only, the building management
: had nothing to do with it, besides interviewing my roommate and me.
: Please advise me on what I can do to end my lease as soon as possible.
You must negotiate this with your landlord, the coop shareholder you rent from.
The proprietary lease that the coop shareholder has with the Coop usually requires Coop approval of any sublet. The Board of Directors might not like your roommate any more than you do and might not approve a sublet to her & her mother. As long as the reason for not approving a sublet does not violate any discrimination law (gender, religion, race, etc), they can refuse anyone for any reason or no reason at all.
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