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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My tenant lawyer discontinued my Case without my consent though we have all the proofs to win the case, what to do now?

He advised me to move out of the damaged apartment my landlord refused to fix, then upon moving out he discontinued my case cuz I can’t sue the landlord as a non-tenant

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Walter Sage Jennings answered on Mar 15, 2022

I answeredyour question on Avvo. just now. please refer to it.

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Q: Hello! I recently moved out of an apartment in woodhaven, 1 year prior to the official lease ending.

I received a verbal go ahead from the landlord. I signed my new lease to my new home on December 24th, however today I received a letter from a law office representing my previous landlord stating “you have, without permission of your landlord sublet/ and or assigned your rights of occupancy to... Read more »

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Walter Sage Jennings answered on Jan 28, 2022

Based on what you have described, we do not have enough information to answer this in full. But if you have left some occupant in the apartment who was not paying rent to anyone, you may still be liable for the rent, depending on what the facts. However if the occupant that you left in the... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord rise the rent as he wishes because it's "fair marker value" ? I've been here for a year already.

I moved in to my apt. in January of 2021. My lease says $2211 with a concession. My final rental price has changed so many times due to the lack of organization and professionalism from the management company. The original agreement with the manager at the time was never recognized by upper... Read more »

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Walter Sage Jennings answered on Jan 20, 2022

In my opinion and assuming you are not rent regulated; the landlord can raise the rent a reasonable amount every lease renewal. A $100 increase would not be considered unreasonable.

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Q: I need free legal advice as a renter who had to move due to moms disability who lived with me and I am still paying rent
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Walter Sage Jennings answered on Jan 14, 2022

if you have a lease you may have to negotiate with the landlord to end it early depending on the terms of the lease you may be able to sublet the balance of your term it is difficult to give you an answer without having more information

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Q: Can a landlord break a lease with a tenant who is causing unanticipated expenses?

I have a tenant who stayed in the house for 1.5 years and has another 1.5 years on the lease.

The tenant is frequently asking for repairmen to come and fix issues that are borderline negligence (e.g., they said the dishwasher broke and wanted us to install a new one, but our contractor... Read more »

Walter Sage Jennings
Walter Sage Jennings answered on Jan 7, 2022

Not unless it is specifically contained in the lease agreement itself. However you may be able to bring a suit for expenses caused by the tenant.

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Q: I live in NY. A friend of mine has asked that I sign a lease agreement with her as a co-signer. Can I create a separate

contract between my friend and me, essentially saying that if she fails to pay her portion of rent and I am on the hook for the entire rent to the landlord, then my friend promises to indemnify me? Are these types of side contracts legal?

Walter Sage Jennings
Walter Sage Jennings answered on Jan 7, 2022

These types of contracts are legal as long as both parties have signed.

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