Posted by TenantNet on September 01, 1998 at 00:14:11:
In Reply to: Re: Is 2 months notice to vacate legal? posted by Mark Smith on August 31, 1998 at 21:14:23:
: In rent stabilized apartments, the security deposit is limited to one month. Otherwise, there is no such limit.
Except they weren't asking about security deposits; they were asking about
what rent they would be responsible on moving out early. The answer is that
they are responsible for the rent 'for the term of the lease' if they
leave early, i.e., all of it. But in some areas, and owner would need to
show he was economically harmed (i.e., lost rent) by the tenant's moving. An
owner often has a concomitant duty to 'mitigate damages', or to try to
rerent the place. If he fails that, then he's waived his right to claim
damages. Some owners will try to put it in terms of months, but my opinion
is that's bogus. Best way to handle it is to sublet or find a suitable
replacement tenant. It's not required, but a good way to get off the hook.
: : My wife and I are moving out of state and the leasing office is requiring us
: : to be responsible for rent for 2 months since the lease states that a tenant
: : must give at least that much notice when vacating. My wife has heard that
: : anything greater than 30 days is not legal or at least not enforceable.
: : Is this true?
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