Astoria, NY asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: Can landlord deny request for lease assignment?

Hello. I have a 1-year lease in an apartment in NYC that ends at the end of September. I need to move by August 1st to New Jersey since I was admitted to graduate school. I initially obtained my lease (6 years ago) by assignment of the lease of the previous tenant who moved out a few months prior to the end of her original lease. So, I thought I would be able to do the same now. However, my building management company told me that they changed their policy and don't allow assignment of leases to new tenants. My question is - are they allowed to deny requests for lease assignments? I read somewhere that if you find an acceptable replacement tenant, the landlord must not unreasonably withhold consent for the lease assignment.

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Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Scarsdale, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The language in the lease prevails. I could do a quick review of it inexpensively. If you want to have a free phone consultation call my cell at 914-912-1555



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