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Re: Terminating Lease due to Job Transfer

Posted by William Rowen, Met Council on January 31, 1998 at 23:30:16:

In Reply to: Terminating Lease due to Job Transfer posted by Tressa on January 27, 1998 at 15:19:32:

: I have been notified that to move, I must pay an additional month's rent and forfeit my security deposit....Is this legal since I must move due to job transfer, or is there a law that allows me to be released with a 30 day notice?

: Thanks for any help.

Do you always do what you are told? The landlord can't stop you from moving, so the real question is whether you incur a liability by refusing to pay the extra rent. Since you give little information regarding the status of the apartment or when you might be vacating, it is difficult to stratigize with you in detail.

The best general advice I can give is to point out to you that the essence of the situation is who has power. If you are leaving the state of New York, the landlord has almost no power to recover any rent he claims is unpaid. It is very difficult to collect a debt in another state.

If you want more info, call Met Council Mon., Wed. or Fri., between 1:30 and 5:00 PM at 212-693-0550, or leave me an email with detail.

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