Ask the Attorney: Co-tenant wants to be removed from the lease

ask-the-attorneyThe Landlord Protection Agency®presents John Reno, Esq.,a highly experienced Landlord – Tenant attorney based on Long Island, NY.

Q:  Dear Mr. Reno:

Tenants are boy-friend and girl-friend that have signed lease together but he does not leave in the property. This is a condo situation that only allows 1 rental per year.

The couple is in the midst of a personal battle.
She wants to get out of the unit and wants me to remove her from the lease, I said that can not be done since she signed a 1 year lease, she than asked me for a letter stating that she has no more responsibility for the lease and I am a little edgy about signing it and characterizing a new lease from the condo stand point? What is your take? Should they resolve that between themselves?

Mauro A Bonatti, FL

A: Yes, they should not depend on you to sort out their issues. When the lease expires, they can go their separate ways, or whatever. Until then, that’s a contract. A lease is a contract.

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