Can a tenant quit if the premises catch fire due to the repairs made by the landlord?
I have rented my house in New York to a family. I had made some repairs in the building recently and got some new electrical appliances for the tenants. Due to some glitch in the new electrical appliances, the kitchen caught fire and got damaged. Now my tenant wants to quit the rental premises and shift to a new house. Can my tenant quit the premises in such a situation?01/10/2017 | Category: Landlord Ten... » Lease Termin... | State: New York | #29821
NY CLS Real P § 227reads:
“Where any building, which is leased or occupied, is destroyed or so injured by the elements, or any other cause as to be untenantable, and unfit for occupancy, and no express agreement to the contrary has been made in writing, the lessee or occupant may, if the destruction or injury occurred without his or her fault or neglect, quit and surrender possession of the leasehold premises, and of the land so leased or occupied; and he or she is not liable to pay to the lessor or owner, rent for the time subsequent to the surrender. Any rent paid in advance or which may have accrued by the terms of a lease or any other hiring shall be adjusted to the date of such surrender.”