If you have an order of protection shielding you from domestic violence, you can obtain a court order that terminates your lease before its end date and releases you from further rent payments. You are first required to attempt to get your landlord to voluntarily end your lease obligations. If your request is refused, you must then give the landlord ten days notice that you’ll be seeking the court order, and pay all rent due through termination, before you can be released by the judge. In court, you should be prepared to show that you, or one or more of your children, are at risk of harm if you continue to reside in the premises, and that moving is a significantly safer option.
Please Note: Every McAdams Law Tenant Protection Tip and article is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for legal advice. Before taking action, consult an experienced New York Landlord Tenant attorney about your situation. Beware that being a party in a lawsuit in New York City’s Housing Court can subject you to blacklisting. Please see more details here.
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