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Re: Being sued by my former landlord

Posted by Michelle on April 18, 2001 at 11:16:45:

In Reply to: Being sued by my former landlord posted by Michelle on April 18, 2001 at 10:04:51:

: In March of 1995, I moved out of an apartment on Jane Street in the West Village. I had big plans to live in London which soon fell flat and I got instead a nice apartment in Brooklyn. I had a two year lease with Jane Street that had just begun in January of 1995. I wrote a letter to the management company - Bristol Management to the only represnetative I knew Sophia Llamas. I mailed and faxed the letter telling them of my plans to move to London and the possiblity of me terminating my lease. I then called and spoke with Ms. Llamas who said yes, it was fine. So, I then moved out! On Wednesday April 11, 2001. My husband got served papers from the Supreme Court of New York saying that I am being sued for breaking my lease. It's not for the full amount of the 2 year lease, it's for $2,235.54 which I believe is for about three months rent which might be the time period in which the apartment remained vacant before they signed a new tenant. I also think that three months is a time period within which they renovated the apartment and so were then able to collect much more rent in this crazy market than the $745.18/month they were receiving from me. I want to get documentaion from the management company as to what exactly happened with the aprtment since the time I moved out - how much in rent they charged for the extent of my two year lease, when new tenants moved in, etc. I want to do it all legally going through the court but I'm not sure what the procedure is without a lawyer. I'm hoping I can get some advice.
: Also, with regards to paying interest and legal fees - if judgement is against me, I don't think I should have to pay 9 years of interest or the legal fees. They had work information for me for a while and could have tried contacting me from there if they found there was a wrong doing on my part. I was under the impression I had done everything legally. I think I have about another 15 days to respond to the court. Is someone could point me in the right direction, I would be so thankful.

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