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Re: Two names on the lease -- one moves out?

Posted by TenantNet on March 31, 1997 at 22:13:50:

In Reply to: Two names on the lease -- one moves out? posted by John Tavenner on March 31, 1997 at 21:50:35:

: I've lived for several years in a rent stabilized NYC apartment. My partner
: and I both took this lease together, so both of our names appear on the
: lease. Sad to say, this partnership has ended, he has moved out, and I
: would like to renew the lease in my name only. Is this a simple matter?
: I don't want a new lease (with an automatic rent increase), just this one
: minor adjustment to the lease I have. What rights do I have? How can I
: best make this change?

A lease spells out the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord
and tenant(s). That can work for you (or against you), and it can affect
both your obligations in this case. Chances are the lease has a "joint
and several" clause, which means both of you are responsible for the
rent (or if one moves out the owner can demand the rent from the
remaining tenant). It can get complicated. As for changing the lease
during the term of the present lease, the owner is under no obligation to do
so as the lease probably covers most situations. It's probably easiest to
wait until renewal time comes up.

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