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Re: Seeking advice: my landlord's a jerk and I need to break my lease

Posted by Mark Smith on September 09, 1999 at 08:41:38:

In Reply to: Seeking advice: my landlord's a jerk and I need to break my lease posted by Andrew Jewell on September 08, 1999 at 19:22:19:

Below is a link to DHCR Fact Sheet #7 about assignment and subletting, so that you can get out of your lease. Real Property Law 226-b permits assignment or subletting if your building has four or more units.

or click on the link at the end of this message

Is your apartment rent stabilized? If so, perhaps you have been overcharged by your lunatic landlord.

: I rent a studio apartment in a brownstone building in Brooklyn, NY. I signed a one-year lease back in December 1996, then recently signed a new
: one-year lease that is valid through April 2000. My problem is that I plan to leave New York before my lease expires, and I don't want to pay the
: rent on the remaining months. I realize that, by having signed the lease, I technically owe my landlord a year's worth of rent. I'm also aware that
: I'm not allowed to sublet the apartment without his approval, which I will never get. Consequently, I find myself in a predicament.

: I should note that my living arrangement is highly unusual. My landlord is a therapist, and the building in which I live serves as his office during
: the week. Of the eight units in the building, only three are rented to tenants like myself. The others units are used by my landlord to receive his
: patients during office hours. Because my landlord wishes the building to function as a professional office during the week, as opposed to a
: residential apartment building, he imposes rather draconian rules on his tenants. Essentially, tenants are asked not to make any noise whatsover
: during office hours, which extend as late as 10:00 PM. Thus, no talking in the stairwell, no loud music, no parties, no vacuuming, etc. Past
: experience has taught me that pizza and a few laughs with a friend on a Friday night in my studio will result in a knock on my door and a reprimand
: from my landlord. Of course, the rules don't operate in the ot

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