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Re: I'm moving from NYC to UK. Break lease??

Posted by JJ on February 06, 2000 at 14:59:13:

In Reply to: I'm moving from NYC to UK. Break lease?? posted by cityjen on February 06, 2000 at 11:38:59:

: Help.

: I recently got engaged and am moving to London (timeline, April 2000). (Yay!!!)

: I currently have a lease on an apartment which ends on Aug. 31, 2000.
: Ideally, I'd like to just break the lease so I could move to the UK without
: any lingering hassles. Can I do that? (It's in the West Village, a prime location,
: so it's likely he wouldn't lose any rent for an empty place).

: Alternately (not my first choice), can I sublet for five months (I'd be "traveling" during that time)
: then not renew my lease on August 31? Would I get charged more? Could the landlord refuse?

: I've been in my apartment for a little over 3 years.I've paid a security deposit in the amount
: of one month's reant. The owners are annoying--they
: once tried (unsuccessfully) to take me to housing court over what they deemed
: non-payment. (My checks had been cashed).

: So, needless to say, I'm not one of their favorite
: tenants so they're not likely to cut me any friendly slack...

: Thanks, Jennifer

There's a law: you find a replacement to assign the lease to. Either the landlord lets you or he has to let you out of your lease. Use search for 'break lease': was discussed at length a couple of months ago, there's a law you have to follow exactly.

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