Legal Information: New York

Housing Laws

April 20, 2017

If the judge decides to terminate my lease, what are the next steps?

You must do both of the following:

  1. Pay any rent money that you owe the landlord through the date the judge terminates the lease. You would have to pay the rent when it normally becomes due.  (For example, if today is August 9th and the judge says that your lease will be terminated as of October 15th, you would likely have to pay a full month's rent on September 1st and 15 days' rent on October 1st);
  2. Turn over the apartment to the landlord or owner with no tenants or occupants (except you are NOT responsible to make sure that the abuser has moved out).  Note: If there are other tenants on the lease who want to continue living there, the judge can end your responsibility under the lease without terminating the other tenants’ rights to stay in the apartment.*

* NY Real Prop § 227-c(2)(c)