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breaking lease vs. subletting

Posted by susanne on April 13, 1999 at 20:30:09:

My lease expires 3/31/00; I'm in a rent-stabilized apt. in NYC (Brooklyn). I'd like to break the lease, but the landlord assures me that in doing so, I will not get my security deposit back. I've also asked if I could assign the lease; she says that she will not permit it. (While I can ask for permission to have the lease assigned to someone else, she will deny it anyway, despite reasonable or unreasonable grounds). So, it seems like my only recourse is to sublet the apt.

Does anyone know what criteria I should seek in finding someone to sublet that she will approve of? I'm afraid that the woman I'm looking to sublet to won't meet her "standards" and will therefore claim reasonable objection (ie: financials, since the woman is a student/intern - I do feel confident that this woman will be able to afford the rent). If the landlord does object, it will delay my process in getting someone to sublet my apt. by June 99.

The landlord is not someone who is open to reason or conversation; in fact, I fear that I will lose my security deposit no matter what.

How should I proceed? And does anyone know how I might get a sublease contract? The laws in NYC state that I must submit a copy of the proposed sublease, signed by the subtenant prior to getting her approval.

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