Nobody enters into a lease with the intent of breaking it within a few months. But sometimes situations change and you find yourself in a situation where you are forced to break your lease. When this happens, it can be a rather expensive and difficult process. We are going to provide you with the two most common factors that lead to having to break a lease and how to handle them.
The first is having to relocate because of your job or school. These are typically two of the most understandable situations for landlords. If you show that you have a justifiable reason for leaving town, your landlord is likely to understand and allow you to break the lease. They are also more willing to do so if you have been a good tenant while you have rented from them.
The first thing that you should do is locate your copy of the lease and see what it says about breaking the lease. Most leases offer specific provisions for renters who are looking to break their lease, it is often in the form of a two-month penalty or a small fee if you provide them with at least two months’ notice. However, some leases may require you to pay rent until the landlord can find a new tenant. Whatever stipulations your lease includes, it is always a good idea to be familiar with them before you speak with your landlord.
After you have researched your lease, you should inform your landlord that something has changed and you need to move. You should explain the circumstances that are forcing you to break the lease and ask what your options are. In many cases, you and your landlord are likely to decide on something that you can both agree on. This may also limit the amount of money that you may lose in the transaction.
The second factor that can lead to you having to break a lease is that you have a bad landlord. Maybe you have experienced problems with your landlord or they are reluctant to make necessary repairs on the property. You may have tried to complain to the management company, but all of your complaints have been ignore. In this case you a legitimate complaint and you also have rights.
Take a close look at your lease and see what it says pertaining to obligations of the landlord. If your landlord is not living up to these obligations, they are in violation of the lease. Once you have proof that your landlord is in violation of the lease, you also need to research the laws in your state and find out how to file a formal complaint against your landlord. In some cases you may have to take your landlord to court in order to legally break your lease.