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about the whole suing for back rent thing...

Posted by kristin on September 18, 2000 at 16:08:35:

In Reply to: Re: You can always move out ... posted by James Shoo on September 18, 2000 at 15:17:45:

so, would you say then, if a landlord lets the leases in the building run out but accepts checks anyway, that he cannot sue for back rent. a little background on my situation: my building is on rent strike due to the landlord trying to evict us and when that didn't work, trying to get us out by making the conditions in the building suffer. we have no services, we also have no leases. we are all being held there until dhcr rules as to whether or not we are stabilized (our landlord claims 'substantial rehab' due to a fire which we have proof never happened). i will pay my back rent if i have to but the thought of them getting away with what they're doing is sickening.

: Yes, a person can always move out, but they are still responsible for paying the rent even if they do move out. The landlord doesn't sue to keep the person there, he sues to get the rent money promised in the lease. The whole reason the landlord wants a lease is so he CAN sue people who don't pay their rent. If the apartment sits empty and the landlord doesn't sue, that's hundreds of dollars he's not making. If enough apartments sat empty the landlord wouldn't be able to pay the mortgage and other bills. Even if the landlord can't find the person to collect the judgement, the court order still shows up on their credit report, ruining it.

: Attached below is a link to a good noise website.

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