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Friday, October 16, 2009

Tenant vs Landlord

Posted on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 10:06 AM

This is both a bitch and a plea for helpful advice... Recently, my girlfriend and I split up and we are stuck with 10 more months to our lease. We advertised the apartment as a sublet and had many interested potential renters, including one pair who had already looked at an apartment in our building. They weren't interested in the one they saw, but loved ours, so we contacted the landlord about having them take over our place. He said that he was wary of subletting, and would rather that they took over the lease. They agreed to this (and even the rent increase that he added), and over several weeks, they tried to arrange to meet up with him to sign the new lease. Apparently, he was quite rude to them on the phone during this time, and at one point when they had booked at time to sign the lease, he didn't show up. Despite all this, they were still interested in the place but as the deadline to move in approached, neither one of us could get a straight answer from the landlord about getting their lease signed. Finally, they had to move on and look for a new place and now the landlord is after me for this months rent. Everyone is telling me that I shouldn't pay because it's his fault for dropping the ball with the new tenants while I just want to do what's right. Please help!!
---Tenant having a bad month

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