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Legal Information: New York

Housing Laws

November 9, 2020

What happens if the landlord does not let me break my lease?

Any landlord who purposefully violates this housing law could be responsible for paying you:

  • a penalty (“liquidated damages”) up to $1,000;
  • the cost of any money you lost due to the violation (“actual damages”);
  • costs for going to court or other costs related to the violation; and
  • attorney’s fees if you have to take your landlord to court due to the violation.1

1 NY Real Prop § 227-c(6)