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Paying rent in a strike

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
April 13, 2010 - 7:08AM
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Q. Do we have to pay rent if we move out early due to a doorman strike?

A.  Sorry to say that the answer seems to be yes, says landlord-tenant lawyer and BrickTank expert Cory L. Weiss.

“The mere fact that there is a strike does not provide a legal basis for not paying rent or not moving out,” says Weiss.

However, if your landlord is unwilling to strike a deal with you, perhaps you can work something out with the next tenant, if there is one. Just as you’re stuck 15 floors up during a labor walkout,  your replacement is probably stuck 15 floors down, unable to make use of the apartment he or she is paying for and as eager as you are to make a deal.

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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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