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?

3 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. 

Lifeisgood avatar

Whether or not you can get out of your lease depends on several factors, including the terms of your lease agreement, the laws in your jurisdiction, and the reasons you want to terminate the lease.

In general, most lease agreements include a clause that outlines the circumstances under which a tenant can terminate the lease early. These circumstances may include things like job relocation, illness, or other extenuating circumstances. However, there may be penalties or fees associated with early termination of the lease, such as forfeiting your security deposit or paying a penalty fee.

If your lease agreement does not include a clause for early termination or if you do not meet the conditions outlined in the agreement, you may still be able to negotiate with your landlord to terminate the lease early. This may involve paying a fee or finding a replacement tenant to take over the lease.

It's important to review your lease agreement carefully and consult with a lawyer or legal expert if you have questions about your options for terminating the lease. You should also communicate with your landlord as soon as possible if you are considering terminating the lease early to avoid any misunderstandings or legal issues.

In some cases, breaking a lease without proper justification or agreement with the landlord can result in legal and financial consequences, such as being held responsible for paying rent for the remainder of the lease term or being sued by the landlord. So, it's crucial to carefully review your options and seek legal advice before making any decisions regarding early termination of your lease.

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