Breaking A Lease In New York

By: Akanksha A. Panicker

COVID-19 has been harsh for everyone concerned. A marked uptick of tenants are unable to pay their fees and the impact is felt on both sides of the landlord-tenant dynamic, with landlords unable to make ends meet without the steady source of rental income. The situation has also seen a lot of tenants attempting to let go of their paid housing and move out to stay with relatives and the like. 

Why not just walk away? Slip out the back? Ghosting your landlord is often a plan?

There are shockingly real consequences for merely walking out on a pre-existing lease. Landlords who have had tenants exit without notice have legal protection under property laws of the state or city they’re in. In this article, we’ll examine the consequences of breaking a lease.