Post # 1
So, the place Fiance works got shut down, and he got a job transfer which has added a HUGE commute. After looking over our expenses, I have found that we would NOT be able to afford our living expenses anymore with the cost of said commute.
We have talked over every possible option, and found the only way to be able to have electricity and food still is to move.
So I have been trying to talk to management about options, and they are not helpful at all. The only thing they said is they could try to re-rent the place, but we would have to move out BEFORE they would even start showing it! I said well that’s not going to work, we can’t afford rent on two places (duh!).
So I am in contact with a higher-up trying to negotiate a deal that cuts everyones damages the most effectively.
This place doesn’t allow any sub-leasing. So far I have offered:
keep the security deposit for marketing costs (to market the place)
We move on XX date (end of month) and pay the following months rent for showings and such
Try to help market and find a potential renter for the space
How can I help fix the situation so it doesn’t turn into a battle? I know there is a reasonable solution. It seems like the higher-up I spoke with is willing to help come to a solution, but I need to ensure they don’t try and back me into a corner (I won’t tolerate it and when people start trying to force things on me, I can get pretty nasty). I know how much costs are for things and I know we can peacefully find a solution.
Is there also anything else I could potentially offer to them to help cover the financial loss or mitigate?
Post # 3
They won’t let you break the lease at all? I know in our agreement, if we need to break our lease, we pay a month’s rent and give them 30 days’ notice.
Post # 4
You can just walk. It won’t be worth their time to take you to small claims court. If I had no other option, I would just abandon my security deposit and find a different place to live. They are a company, not a person. I don’t feel a real need to be peaceful with lease management companies. They typically have tremendous profit margins. It’s in their best interest to work with you. If they won’t, you’ve made excellent suggestions, and you should walk away knowing that life happens and that’s their mistake for not trying to show the place before you move.
Post # 5
But maybe make sure that you have offered these solutions in writing, not just verbally. That may be important.
Post # 6
The lease doesn’t have a clause to break it so we have to negotiate :/
It’s a pretty large company that owns it though, so I can’t imagine they have never had this sort of problem. I know we made an agreement but I would think they would rather come to a mutual agreement with us to let us out as opposed to having us fault on our rent and paying all that money to evict us! (Not saying that necessarily would happen, but for the sake of the situation)
Post # 7
What is the current renting market? I know in our area the market is really tight, so things go fast. Plus with spring coming up that improves your chances. Ask them how long their other units are staying empty.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@jb20: You could post a listing and show it yourselves and when someone expresses an interest you can turn them over to your landlord to complete the rental process. That is what we did in order to get out of a lease once. Get it posted now because people are getting their tax returns back and using them to pay security deposits.
Post # 9
since you said you are willing to let them keep the security, honestly it seems like you can just walk. find your next place, and move there. you won’t get your deposit returned, but you are willing to part w this.