Can I get out of my lease?

September 26
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I just resigned my lease for another year. It is a 12 month lease that starts in October. I want to move in with my girlfriend and am hoping to get out of the lease resign. What are my options?

2 Answers:

Booster avatar

In most cases, your landlord will have you pay a fee in order to get out of your lease. In my case, I had to pay the monthly rent and then a fee of about $1400 on top of that. I don't know what state you live in but you should look into your local tenant laws. If you're afraid your landlord might take legal action against you it would be worth it to consult an attorney about it just so you have all your bases covered.  

Your best bet is to start by reading your lease and reading it carefully. Most of your answers can be found there. If you manage to find someone to take over your lease then there shouldn't be any issues. You can post online asking if anyone is looking for a place to stay. Most importantly though, you should be communicating with your landlord throughout this process. 

A lot of resources online emphasize getting everything in writing so if your landlord does allow you to get out of your lease early make sure there's tangible evidence of that. Another thing to note is that you might lose your deposit whenever you decide to break your lease


Good luck! Hope this helped. 

Festitu avatar

If a tenant does not have a legal excuse to end the lease early, they may be responsible for rent until the lease expires or until the landlord finds a new tenant. The tenant may also owe any fees the lease mentions. Failure to pay can hurt the tenant’s credit, result in lawsuits, and may also show up on the tenant’s rental history. A poor rental history can make it harder to find housing in the future.

Early Termination by Mutual Agreement; you may be able to talk to your landlord and work out something. Maybe you could arrange a final payment schedule or find someone to take over your lease. Your landlord would have to agree to any of these options, so it could be helpful to start the conversation with an idea about how you can come to a mutually beneficial agreement. If your landlord does agree, get the agreement in writing to prove you are no longer responsible under the lease.

However, to break the lease for habitability reasons, the tenant must provide written notice of their intention to terminate the agreement. Depending on state law, the tenant has to wait a certain number of days after giving notice before they could move out unless the health or safety violation is so severe that it requires the tenant to move out immediately.

In my own submission, I will suggest that you discuss this with your landlord on mutual grounds. 

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