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Breaking a lease in NYC?

You are not my lawyer. About 5 months ago I broke my lease on an apartment in Queens (NYC). I was worried that the landlord wouldn't find a new tenant in time for the next month but luckily he did. I asked about the security deposit and he said it was on its way. Now he's claiming that I'm not owed the money back. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Is it legal to require a security deposit before running a credit check?

I'm looking to rent a new apartment in NYC. For our 3 previous NYC apartments, we’ve filled out an application and paid an application fee and then once our application was approved, paid security deposit / first month’s rent at lease signing. The management company for the apartment that we are looking to rent is requesting the following: we fill out an application, pay an application fee and give them a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. If our credit is approved, then the security deposit is non-refundable and we basically have to sign a lease. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by bzn on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

A way to thank leasing office employees?

A couple of middle-manager-ish employees perhaps bent the rules a little bit for us and allowed us to transfer a lease to new parties, completely getting us out of the lease. Should I/how do I say thank you? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Bankruptcy counsel recommendation in NYC

I am filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York City. Can anyone recommend a low-cost bankruptcy lawyer or other legal resource, since money is (obviously) limited? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Should I continue this fight with my landlord?

Towards the end of September, I realized that the property management company did not cash my rent check. I called the company and asked if they had received it, to which they said they had not. I feared it lost in the mail, so I called my bank to ask how much it would cost to cancel a check, which is $15. Trying to save myself some money, I went down to the office to talk to the property management company in person. The surly man at the front desk informed me that my rent was overdue, that I should cancel the lost check and write a new one. I explained to him I didn't want to have to pay for it, and could he take a new check to cover my rent and not cash the old one if it arrived? I had brought with me a letter I had written which very clearly stated the problem with my rent not being paid on time and the costs associated with cancelling a check. I detailed which check # was lost in the mail, which was the new check # and to please DO NOT CASH the lost check if it showed up. He said he would give it to the rent manager. Fast forward to a week later when both checks have been cashed. It was so much money that my account went negative and now I've been charged a bunch of fees by my credit union! Should I fight my landlord to get them to pay for these fees? [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Oct 9, 2012 - 36 answers

If she moved out in the middle of the night, that would be fine, too

My roommate gave me notice that she was moving out on May 1. Now she says she's staying until the end of her lease. But we don't have a lease! This is in NYC. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Apr 19, 2012 - 8 answers

I think that I was scammed for two months' rent ($4,200) in NYC -- what can I do?

So I've found myself in a bit of a sticky situation and need advice. I recently subleased a studio in Manhatttan for a couple of months (April and May) from a guy ("John") whose lease expires at the end of May. He seems like a decent, reliable guy. He said that he's moving back home for a while to start a company (different state), and that he recently quit his job (financial services industry, upon looking him up myself). On move-in day, after helping him pack his car, he gave me the keys and was on his way. [more inside]
posted by rossen on Apr 9, 2012 - 25 answers

Legal advice for breaking lease in NYC?

Legal advice for breaking lease in NYC? [more inside]
posted by skybluesky on Mar 16, 2012 - 3 answers

How should I handle this rent increase?

My NYC landlord offered a lease renewal on my rent-stabilized apartment, but with a rent adjustment that appears to be too high. It's a bit more complicated than that, though. [more inside]
posted by aiko on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Can we find an NYC apartment?

We need to find a new NYC apartment. My husband's working and has good credit, but I'm unemployed and have terrible credit. We also have a cat. How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Newbie questions to apartment hunting in NYC!

Newbie questions to apartment hunting in NYC! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jul 4, 2011 - 13 answers

House Rent Boggle

What do I need to know about signing a lease in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Oct 26, 2010 - 15 answers

NYCFilter: Filled out rental application, now not so sure

NYCFilter: Filled out rental application. Now don't want to continue process. Problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

Business dilemma: I own a small but popular bar in NYC. The lease is coming up for renewal very very shortly. The landlord had previously told me that they would extend the lease for a certain amount of money, but has now changed that amount to be unreasonably high. Very long complicated situation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Lease AFTER moving in?

New York City apartment question: Is it normal for my broker to tell me I will receive hard copies of my lease a "couple of weeks" after moving in? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Oct 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Lower Rent NYC Area Filter please help

Lower my rent at my current residence and stay for another year. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Jun 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Avoiding eviction after minor dog incident?

ApartmentFilter: My friend's dog got our of her NYC apartment today, and a neighbor overreacted. Now the neighbor is trying to get her evicted from the building (her lease goes all the way til February). Should she be worried? Can she fight back? [more inside]
posted by Hollow on Jul 11, 2008 - 16 answers

My landlord is a slime bucket and I need to break my lease. What kind of repercussions might I face?

My landlord is a slime bucket and I need to break my lease. What kind of repercussions might I face? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on May 14, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I best navigate through a bad landlord/tenant situation?

Complicated, messy NYC roommate/landlord question: 4 roommates share a 3 bedroom converted into 4 (with permission). One roommate signed a lease for a new building without getting permission from current building to transfer name on lease to new roommate. Said old roommate now refuses to pay six months of rent (remainder of lease). Much, much more inside. [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay on Mar 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Shouldn't our landlord sign the lease too?

We signed a lease (2 copies) on a new apartment in NYC, at our broker's office. The 2 copies were sent to the management company. As promised, the management company sent one of the copies back to us about a week later. It's got our original signatures, but the landlord didn't sign it! The line for the landlord's signature is empty. Doesn't this mean that we're bound to the terms of the contract, but the landlord is not? It seems very wrong. Is it normal? Should we demand a copy of the lease with the signatures of both parties on it?
posted by edlundart on May 28, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I pick the right tenants to sublet (or swap for) my apartment, and how do I help them feel at home?

Have you done a short-term sublet (or housing swap)? If you were the renter: how did you evaluate applicants, and how did you help your subletter feel at home? If you were the subletter: what worked, and what do you wish the renter had done for you or told you? I'll be subletting my apartment in NYC but I'd love to hear from people in all areas & situations. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Feb 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Living below an SRO?

My roommates and I have put a deposit down on an apartment in Brooklyn. We're supposed to sign the lease (and fork over the rest of the cash) on Thursday. Idly googling our new address, I discovered that our two-family building contains an SRO (single-room occupancy) dwelling for three people who have been homeless, drug-dependent, incarcerated, institutionalized, or mentally disabled on the second floor. Was the broker or landlord required to tell us this? [more inside]
posted by miriam on Dec 3, 2006 - 20 answers

Roomies!

Roommate-filter: I've been in the same apartment (without a lease) in NYC for 9 years. It's time for a new roommate. What can I do to protect myself from psychos and other difficult roommate situations? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Aug 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Can a NYC landlord demand 30 days notice before I decide to leave my lease?

Can a NYC landlord demand thirty days notice before one leaves the lease? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Aug 10, 2006 - 16 answers

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