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breaking lease

Posted by Erin on May 24, 2000 at 11:41:52:

Foolishly, my roommate and I signed a 2-year lease for our apartment that doesn't expire until 11/2001! I am exploring the legal and logisitical implications of breaking the lease by the summer or fall. I read that in some states, it is legal for a tenant to break the lease in the case of medical illness, which is our scenario. Anyone out there with legal expertise who could tell me if this true for NYState? If so, what needs to be provided? How is this handled delicately with the sick party involved? How do we move forward?

I have not yet broached the subject with our landlords who are friendly. I anticipate they would be able to work with us without penalty (I hope.) What are the steps we should take? I do not want to be penalized for paying the rent on such a long term lease. Do we get an agreement in writing? Make arrangements for another renter? Etc.

If anyone has had a similar plight or has successfully broken a lease, let's compare notes (I've read a few postings already.) Thank you very much.

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