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Legal Information: New York
Updated: 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)
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