Legal options for emergency lease breaking
January 19, 2010 9:45 AM Subscribe
Need to leave NYC apt due to bed bugs and need to break lease. How do do it? Need advice.
posted by Liquidwolf to law & government (20 answers total)
I know you can't normally break a lease early , but this situation is a bit different. My friend has had an apt in NYC for about 3 months. Bed bugs occurred about 1 month after moving in (he then found out from other tenants that the previous occupant had fled the apt for the same reason). The landlord agreed to have the place treated. It worked temporarily but unfortunately bed bugs can return and they did. He's got another 8 months left on the lease , but clearly he can't live in an apt with a chronic bed bug problem. My questions are:
1) How can sign a new lease on a new apt while still holding the current lease? Will the new realtors know about his current situation he's trying to get out of?
2) Is it within his rights to notify the landlord that he's leaving immediately because of the bedbugs? I know usually, notice should be given before leaving, but in this situation he simply cant stay, and this seems to fall under the landlord's responsibility for providing a comfortable living space free of insects.
Hopefully the landlord will be reasonable and agree to let him leave as soon as he can, but if they try to hold him responsible for the remaining months, what legal options does he have?
Any advice would help , many thanks.