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    Unhappy Breaking a Lease in New York - Landlord Non-Responsive to New Applicants

    My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New York City, New York.

    My lease is up in 8 months but I was laid off and have to move back home in another state.
    So I notified the landlord with a month notice.

    They said I can break the lease and find a new tenant but I will be responsible for the rest of the term if the apartment remains vacate.
    I have found a couple people but the landlord was non-responsive and very slow in approving them, those people decide to find another place.

    The clock is ticking now (I have less than 3 weeks to find a new tenant), I don't know what to do.

    If I don't pay for the rest of the term, they are probably going to sue me.
    but can I appeal that they haven't make an effort in mitigating their damage?
    What kind of evidence do I need?

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    Default Re: Breaking a Lease in New York - Landlord Non-Responsive to New Applicants

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    but can I appeal that they haven't make an effort in mitigating their damage?
    You can.

    What kind of evidence do I need?
    A log of who applied for the apartment and when, as well as the outcome of the application, for starters. It might also be helpful to have letters from the people who gave up waiting.

    How long did he wait?
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    Default Re: Breaking a Lease in New York - Landlord Non-Responsive to New Applicants

    Thanks for your help LawResearcherMissy!

    I resolved the issue by signing a Surrender Agreement with the management company, basically surrendering my security deposit to break the lease once and for all.

    It is a lot of money but at least I dont have to worry about the possibility of paying for the rest of the lease term.

    I don't know if landlords usually do that but I suggest this as a way out for all other lease-breakers!

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