Q: I want to break my lease with a shoddy landlord. Is there a minimum notice standard in New York City by law? If so, what is it?
A: It depends. Are you breaking the lease because you allege that the landlord has breached his obligations? If so, you must give notice and an opportunity to cure. If the landlord fails to cure, or if the conditions are dangerous, then most likely you would not be held to the terms of the lease. I urge you to speak to a lawyer who practices landlord/tenant law to explore your rights and see if you can resolve this.