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Broken lease and apartment is not getting rented

Posted by Sheela on March 16, 2000 at 11:33:41:

If anyone could help me on this, I would really appreciate it!
I live in Manhattan, and this is about an apartment (not rent controlled)
on the Upper East Side, 90's, off 2nd Ave. I'm not sure how old the apartment is, but there are approximately 30 units in the building.

I had to break my lease after 6 months because I got married and
I moved into my husband's apartment (I am still not on his lease yet).
I spoke to the broker for my apartment beforehand who told me it would be no problem as long as they found someone to replace me. However I had to write a letter telling them that I was planning to vacate and that they could rent
the apartment.

Now it is nearly 3 months later and the apartment is still not rented.
They have raised the rent from $1350 to $1550. The apartment is 1BR,
in good condition. It's on the 4th floor of a walkup, on the upper
east side off of 2nd avenue. My question is, why is it taking so long
for this apartment to get rented? Is $1500 reasonable? I was under
the impression that apartments get rented fairly quickly, even
towards the beginning of the year. I am afraid of having to pay the
rent until July. I'm not allowed to sublet as stipulated in my lease.
But had I known they would do this, I would have added someone else
who was interested in the apartment at $1350/mo (and still is) onto
my lease instead of letting my broker try to rent the apartment.

Can I get the apartment back and put my friend on the lease? Is there any
way I could do that now so she wouldn't have to pay the increased rent and broker's fee?

I spoke to someone at DCHR (who was very unfriendly) and said that
I could get into a lawsuit for living in two places, if I tried to
reclaim the apartment (even though I am not on my husband's lease).

Thanks a lot for your help.


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