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Landlord and New Lease

Posted by HarlemLady on January 10, 2001 at 10:07:39:

Situation: I am currently a renter in a three-family landlord-occupied brownstone and my last least most recently expired last month (12/00). I am in preparation for purchasing my own brownstone, with move-in date to be exactly one year from now. My landlord has been well aware that I would be leaving and we had discussed in the past months of him just giving my a one year lease renewal, which would be all I would need before moving into my own home. But, lo-and-behold this past December, he served me with a new lease specifying two years instead one year! When I questioned this, he stated that he knows I'm going to break the least and to not worry about it.

Question: I'm thinking that if I sign the lease, by law, I would be liable for not only the second year's rent, but I would also forfeit my rental deposit. Right?

I know that the landlord wanted to get the maximum rent on the two-year contract. So, what if I just not sign the lease and just pay the rent monthly with no written agreement until I leave next December?

Any input is appreciated :-).

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