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grounds to break lease

Posted by rita on January 10, 1999 at 15:28:12:

My roommate and I live on the 2nd floor of a house upstate NY. A couple months
ago we found out that the entire wiring of our apartment was fed by only
one circuit. We decided to move out because we don't know the condition of the
wiring on the rest of the house. The landlord repaired the problem in our unit,
but our fear of fire remains. He sustains that this situation is common in
this area, and that it doesn't pose a major fire hazard because the fuse will
blow in case of a surge. I told him that this argument is not correct because
a wrong size fuse could be placed in the fuse box and the entire house would
burn down before the fuse melted.

Her lease states that in case of her breaking the lease, she's still responsible
for the rent for the remaining of the lease (she already payed the rent for Feb).
On my lease I have added a clause that specifies that I can only accept this
clause in case the place is habitable and there are no major problems (I
started living here in Aug/97 with a 2 year lease; she started her lease in
May/98 for 1 year). And this is a major problem. We are both students, and
can't afford paying rent in 2 places.
Can we get out of this lease without a lot of headaches? Also, can she get
her Feb rent back under these conditions?

Thank you very much!

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