I'm in a rather complicated situation in regards to leaving
Hi, I'm in a rather complicated situation in regards ***** ***** my apartment in NYC.A month ago, I bought a used mattress off Craigslist (stupid, I know), and, sure enough it had bed bugs. I told my roommates, and, also stupidly, told them I thought I was responsible because I brought the mattress in. The landlord denied liability for paying for the cost of extermination, so I paid and quietly accepted, at one point even texting my roommates that the landlord said she wasn't liable and that honestly I agreed since if we did have bed bugs, they were probably from my mattress. I've since found out that that has little to nothing to do with liability, and that, since I did take reasonable precautions when buying the mattress (asked the guy if it had bed bugs explicitly, checked it when I bought it, covered it in a bed bug cover), and I disposed of it properly immediately upon suspecting that it had bed bugs, the landlord was definitely liable (e.g. couldn't be considered me willfully or negligently causing bed bugs, in which case the responsibility is the owner or occupant in charge -- this is a multiple dwelling building). However, I didn't fight her on it before paying, and I don't have a written record of asking her to pay for problem or anything of the sort, and I hired a separate exterminator than the one she wanted because of scheduling problems, who turned about to be about $50-120 more expensive than the one she preferred (he quoted $750, I paid $870 after taxes). I've since emailed the landlord about recovering the fees, and she continues to deny liability, also noting that I rejected the exterminator she chose (even though she never offered to pay for him), and stating that I took full responsibility. All I ever told her was "okay" when she said she couldn't be held liable.Additionally, I made the stupid mistake of trying to clean the floor with paint thinner after disposing of mattress. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but it is flammable when wet and the fumes are toxic, and the fumes did linger at least in my room for several days afterwards. As far as I can tell, though, there hasn't been any long-term damage to the apartment, and no one has reported any health problems.We had the first appointment with the exterminator on Sept 19. Things got really bad with my roommates around then, so I decided to move out. In my sublease agreement, it says that I have to give 30 days notice to the overtenant (one of my roommates, who is on the lease) and help replace myself in order to break the sublease. I put it in on September 24, and we agreed to a move out plan then that included me arranging for the exterminator's follow up appointment and making a good faith effort to replace myself by posting an ad on Craigslist. I did all of that, but on the follow up appointment on October 11, the exterminator found a shell casing and some remnants in the overtenant's room, and hasn't certified us bug free. The 3rd appointment is for October 25 (a day after I was supposed to move out).I'm supposed to get my security deposit back from my replacement. Initially after the follow up appointment, the overtenant told me I would have to get my security deposit back in December or whenever they are able to safely replace me. I said that was fine, and asked if I could push my vacate date back one day to be safe for leaving without bugs. Initially, the overtenant consented but said that she would prefer if I stay on til they can be sure the apartment is bug free and have me cover November's rent. However, now her and my other roommate are saying that because they can't safely put someone in for November, I have to pay rent. They argue that I admittedly caused the infestation, that refusing to take responsibility for the bed bugs isn't in accordance with the good faith effort I agreed to, and that tenants are responsible for damages to the apartment, and that the infestation is damage (that's in the sublease).I really just want to leave at this point, possibly even if I leave before I can be certified as bug free. I've tried to just stick to the legal details, but the overtenant and other roommate have been really manipulative, abusive, and generally awful this whole time, really regardless of however much I do to make up for my mistakes. So much so that I've been staying with a friend despite the possibility of having bed bugs on me, and having paid October's rent. It's been mental torture on top of a very stressful job (I work with refugee scholars).So what I'm wondering at this point is, is there any legal basis to the claims they are making regarding me leaving now not being a good-faith effort to replace myself, and the infestation constituting damage to the apartment?Thank you so much for your time and help, I greatly appreciate it.