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Re: Vacated but Still Getting Invoices for Rent

Posted by TenantNet on January 18, 1998 at 10:32:21:

In Reply to: Vacated but Still Getting Invoices for Rent posted by Amy on January 14, 1998 at 11:42:51:

: As a result with a dispute with my landlord over my dog, I choose to move out
: of my apartment as the "remedy" the alleged problem my dog was causing (noise).
: Anyway, I broke my lease and vacated as of January 1, after providing written notice and having
: recieved verbal confirmation of notice, however, I just had forwarded to
: my new address an invoice for January rent at the old address. I'm concerned
: that this slimy landlord is going to continue invoicing me for the
: remainder of my lease.Can he do this? My requests for copies of my lease
: clearly marked "Terminated, January 1, 1998" have gone ignored thus far.

Generally tenants are responsible for the term of the lease, unless
"terminated" or if both sides agree which appears to be the case. Owners
might be able (depending on rent stab status) to terminate for a variety
of reasons and so can tenants (i.e., breach of warranty of habitability).
Make sure you can prove the keys were returned (a favorite denial of
landlords). Also, in NYC, it's generally assumed that a landlord must
attempt to rerent the place and unless it's trashed or proced illegally
or beyond the market) it will be taken in a snap. If it gets taken
or if he fails to attempt to rerent, you can claim he's suffered no
economic damages if he tries to sue you. Send him mail that you reject
the invoices and are not responsible for them and waych the place
(check with old neighbors).

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