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Don't Pay The June Rent

Posted by Mark Smith on May 27, 1999 at 20:18:36:

In Reply to: Keith you are absolutely wrong!!!! posted by boots on May 27, 1999 at 18:30:19:

I seriously doubt that your landlord paid $500 to advertise a rent stabilized apartment in Manhattan. He probably turned the listing over to a broker, who probably received a brokerage commission from the new tenant.

The landlord is probably not out-of-pocket any money. And he will receive a higher rent three months sooner, because you moved out three months early. Even if the landlord paid to advertise the apartment, he would have to have done that at the end of your lease. If that is the case, he paid $500 three months sooner, but that is more than offset by collecting a rent increase of at least 20% three months sooner.

: : : I currently live in a typical Manhattan apartment (8-12 units). My lease was to expiry at the end of September. I gave the Landlord 90 days notice that I would like to terminate the lease three months early. He easily found a new tenant at a higher rent then I am paying. When I asked him if I would receive all of my security deposit he said yes except for $500 for advertising. He now tells me it maybe more. He will know at the end of next month.

: : : This is obviously B.S. and I am not going to pay my last month's rent. Given this, what is my liability if any???

: : Seems to me you should pay him your June rent and hope he gives your security deposit back. You do not want to go to court over $500.

: Thanks for your thoughts Keith (although you sound like the "" website). There is no way I am paying him. Can anyone tell what my liability is??

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