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Old 07-07-2017, 07:33 PM
 
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I signed a lease for an apartment in the South Bronx and today was my move-in date. Shortly after I entered the lobby (with my building key) these teenagers busted through the locked lobby door by shoving hard into it. Minutes later, a woman came into the building by doing the same thing. Basically anyone without a lobby key can get into the building by shoving hard into the lobby door, and it seems like some renters are used to doing that. I called management and told them my concerns (there are other issues with the apt that I rather not get into), and we agreed to settle the matter on Monday. Has anyone ever changed their mind after signing the lease and was able to successfully back out?
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Old 07-07-2017, 07:51 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I signed a lease for an apartment in the South Bronx and today was my move-in date. Shortly after I entered the lobby (with my building key) these teenagers busted through the locked lobby door by shoving hard into it. Minutes later, a woman came into the building by doing the same thing. Basically anyone without a lobby key can get into the building by shoving hard into the lobby door, and it seems like some renters are used to doing that. I called management and told them my concerns (there are other issues with the apt that I rather not get into), and we agreed to settle the matter on Monday. Has anyone ever changed their mind after signing the lease and was able to successfully back out?
Am wondering how you moved to the area without doing your homework? Clearly not a good part of the Bronx if people are doing that.
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Old 07-07-2017, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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If you lived in gramercy or say west village and this was done, would you have a problem?
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Old 07-07-2017, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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So I just signed a lease for a walk-up on E 138th Street, near Brook Ave. I was telling my family and friends about the good news of me moving and almost everyone gave me negative feedback that I'm moving to a bad area. One of my friends even said it's "drug city." I visited the area and loved it because there are many stores nearby (I just love commercial areas), transportation nearby, and it's a very short commute to Manhattan where I work. I don't drive so transportation is a huge deal for me. I just wanted the opinion of others on the area.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:11 AM
 
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If you lived in gramercy or say west village and this was done, would you have a problem?
I'm curious to know as well.

Good point.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Hmmm. It sounds like typical protocol for the hood. The kids probably are not as bad as you think. I mean if you ever needed to bust into somebodies apartment buildings to steal stuff, they could be very helpful for you. They could probably hook you up with some decent bags of weed too. Or some heroin.
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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While you are not able to break your lease arbitrarily, you may be able to find a valid reason - a "just cause" - that will allow you to break your lease. Specific state laws vary, but if the apartment is not up to code or not fit for habitation, the landlord must fix these issues or you have the right to terminate the lease.

This would likely have to be settled by a judge.
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Old 07-09-2017, 12:11 PM
 
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I signed a lease for an apartment in the South Bronx and today was my move-in date. Shortly after I entered the lobby (with my building key) these teenagers busted through the locked lobby door by shoving hard into it. Minutes later, a woman came into the building by doing the same thing. Basically anyone without a lobby key can get into the building by shoving hard into the lobby door, and it seems like some renters are used to doing that. I called management and told them my concerns (there are other issues with the apt that I rather not get into), and we agreed to settle the matter on Monday. Has anyone ever changed their mind after signing the lease and was able to successfully back out?
I would be alarmed too but you signed a lease in the South Bronx. What do you think the judge will say? It can't hurt to ask but I think you may be stuck. Sorry.
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Old 07-09-2017, 12:23 PM
 
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Are you dealing with a rental management company or directly with the LL? It is probably easier to deal with a LL.


Care to state an approximate figure of how much you put down when you signed the lease? You could probably get out of the lease by forfeiting what you put down. If the LL or Co. says no to your request to back out of the lease even with a forfeit, hire an attorney and take them to court. Either way, you're looking at a big loss.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:21 PM
 
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Say goodbye to your $.
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