NY Good Questions: Is it Unfavorably Looked at to Break a Lease?

NY Good Questions: Is it Unfavorably Looked at to Break a Lease?

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Maxwell Ryan
Jun 16, 2008

Dear AT,

I rent in Manhattan and I am hoping to move out of state when my lease ends at the end of next year.

But I will most likely be able to move as early as next August, 4 months early, which even with losing my deposit, would save me a bit of money in the long run, as well as free me of moving in winter.

One thing I've noticed when looking at apartments elsewhere is that landlords want rental references...

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Would a lease break be something a landlord would look unfavorably upon (as in, deal breaker?) or are they more concerned that I always pay my rent on time, etc?

If it's going to hurt my chances, I won't even consider it, but if I could move sooner without penalty, that would be great.

Thanks! A

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