Posted by TenantNet on February 19, 2002 at 08:33:50:
In Reply to: attorney fees posted by K Hall on February 19, 2002 at 08:02:23:
That seems awlfully high to us. You should shop around to other tenant attorneys. Some are higher and some are lower, but it's also an assessment of the problem and what they can or will do for you. You break a lease by moving out and, we presume, you let the landlord know you've moved out and why -- that the warranty of habitability has been breeched. The LL may try to hold you to the terms of the lease, so you need to back up your claims if it ever gets to court. Many tenants do this themselves.
: I am breaking a lease due to excessive mold problems and the landlord entering my apartment. An attorney is asking for a retainer of $7,500.00 to take this case although he assures me I can break the lease. This seems excessive or is this the going rate for New York?
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