How can I get out of my lease early and not have to pay for the rest of the year?

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How can I get out of my lease early and not have to pay for the rest of the year?

I need to move out but can’t afford to pay the next 7 months of rent.

Asked on December 10, 2017 under Real Estate Law, New York

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Have you read your lease; there is language relating to how to legally vacate early. If not, the law is that a tenant moves out before of the end of their lease term, they are still liable for the remaining rent. That having been said, a landlord is under a duty to "mitigate damages" once a tenant leaves. This means that they must use reasonable efforts to find a new tenant. If and when this happens, the tenant who is relieved of any further rental obligation. 


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