Posted by Hawk on April 05, 1999 at 18:25:24:
In Reply to: NYC: Remove roommate from lease? posted by John Sanchez on April 04, 1999 at 22:29:17:
Your characterization of the others on the lease as "roomamtes" is innacurate.Each person named in the lease is a co-tenant, each with equal rights. Your mistake was accepting a "verbal" agreement that the co-tenant would not return. He or she can return. If he or she owes rent that is probablty not a reaosn to terminate his or her lease rights. You might have to sue him or her for the back rent.Next time, have the person sign a statement that says that he or she forever relinquiahes their lease interest in the apartment.Send a copy to the landlord. In that event, the next person who yourent a roon to (whose name should not be added to the lease) will be a roommate, and you can charge that roomate any amount you want -- even if its a rent stabilized apartment.
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