New York, NY asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: I share apt w/ another person. I am going away for a month. Do I still have to pay rent? My name NOT on lease.

I am going away for a month, Share apartment with another person. Their name is on the lease, mine is not. This is not a vacation that I am going on. I feel like I should NOT be held responsible for my portion of the rent as I will not be incurring any expenses, nor will I be bringing in any income during the month away. I am willing to still pay my portion of the utilities however.

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Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Licensed in New York

A: While, technically, the person whose name is on the lease is liable for the rent, you should contribute to your portion of the rent for the month you are going to be away. If the entire rent is not paid, you could be subject to eviction as an occupant of the premises. You might want to look at it this way. If your name was on the lease and you were the only occupant of the premises, you still would be liable for the rent for the time you are away.

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