Step 1: Figure Out How To Break Your Lease With No Penalties
There are a few situations in which early termination of your lease is allowed without penalty under New York State law:
If you or your child is a victim of domestic abuse
if you are 62 years old or older and have to move into an assisted living facility
If you’ve been called up to start active military duty
If your building is deemed unsafe or in violation of health codes
If your landlord harasses you or violates your tenant rights
In any of these five circumstances, you have to give your building owner written notice and proof of the reason you’re moving out. That might 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 again.