Step 1: Know the Exceptions
There are a few situations in which early termination of your lease is allowed without penalty under New York State law:
In any of these circumstances, you have to give your building owner written notice and proof of the reason you’re moving out. That could be copies of court documents, medical bills, or active duty orders. Keep copies of everything you send to your building manager for your personal records in case you need them in the future when trying to rent another apartment. Typically, it’s more difficult to break a lease without consequence in the winter months from November to February, due to changes in the housing market. It’s also advised to re-read your lease in full - negotiating with your landlord means understanding the current terms of your contract, and your landlord’s interests and responsibilities.