(Closed) Can we end our tenant’s lease early?

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know about whether you “can,” but I think it would be pretty crappy and selfish to do. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

When I met FH he had just gotten kicked out of them condo they rented early because the owner sold the condo. Im pretty sure the landlord gave them less than 2 weeks to move out.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

whoa! this is getting snarky fast.

Legislation re tenants and tenancy agreements varies from state to state. I suggest you call or look up online the grounds for breaking a lease in your state.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Absolutely not. You signed a contract with your lessees and they could sue you if you terminate the lease prematurely.  It depends on the laws of your state, but most states are very pro-tenant. When you decide to enter into the landlord tenant relationship, thats a certain responsibility that you can not ignore because the opportunity arose. You will need to wait until the end of August when the lease is up. Yes, its silly to own 2 houses and rent, but if you knew this was a possibility, you should have suggested a shorter lease period on the rental. Sorry, but you don’t have options here. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t know if it’s legal or not.  Do you have a copy of the signed lease?  I wonder if there would be a clause that says you can break early, while compensating the leaser, just like when the leaser wants to break a lease early and has to pay a fine to get out of the lease.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What is the penalty for having pets on the premises?

PS – I hate being a landlord too, so stressful.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sounds like a nightmare situation to me…

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

My FI’s parents rent to us, actually, and before we moved in, there was a girl living in what’s now our apartment.  There were a few problems with her, but nothing major.  But, they could not just kick her out because we wanted the apartment.  They had to wait until the lease was up, and not renew it, thus making her leave.  It was the only way they could get her out because there were no provable grounds for eviction.

So, I would imagine the same would be true for you guys.  You probably cannot terminate their lease early nor evict them (which is expensive anyway because FI’s parents have done that once in the past as well… court fees, usually lost rent, etc).

But, honestly, I would talk to a lawyer who specializes in rental laws in your state.  They could help you more!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

What state is the lease in?

I think I’ve read that landlord’s have an easier time breaking a lease if the reason to do so is moving back into the home.  Can’t find that anywhere, and I’m sure the laws vary by state.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You could try discussing it with the tenants before taking any actions and see if they would be ok with it. SOmetimes just being nice and honest about your situation can go a long way. If you compromise on something, say, giving them a break on their last month’s rent payment or something and/or assisting them in finding a new place to live, they may be more open to doing it, regardless of whether it is technically “legal”. I would also freak out and think my landlord was being selfish if I didn’t know all the circumstances around the move (landlords are notorious for being awful and shady in Boston, where I live), so I think having a real human conversation with them could go a long, long way!

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