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Posted by Dina D on March 31, 2000 at 16:23:24:

Please help! We lived in a coop building (just renting) where the lease stated no pets. WE lived there 1 1/2 years, and they renewed our lease after the one year mark. We had the dog since the beginning, and they knew it. I read about the three month pet law stating that after three months, of harboring the dog, the landlord cannot evict. A few months after renewing our lease, they sent us a letter stating that we have a dog, and because of that, they wont be renew ing our lease, and that we would have to vacate upon the end of the current lease. At the time, we did not know any better, and started looking for a new place to live. We witheld the rent, because they had two months security. We wound up holding back four months, so actually we owed two, because of the security. When it came time to hand in the keys, they told us they wanted to hold us til the end of the lease, and would not accept our rent, unless we were paying the whole lease , which would have been for 6 months extra. We left and did not pay anything. Now, we were served with a judgment stating we owe this money (two months) My question is...... are we entitled to any damages due to this??? Why should we pay??? If they caused us to move unlawfully. What should we do? I was thinking about reopening the lawsuit , but do we have rights??? Are we really responsible for paying this rent, or do they owe us money/.
please help

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