(Closed) Moving out

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Where do you live? Do you have a landlord and tenant board that you can call for advice?

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I had to do this for FI’s apartment when we bought a house. What we did was find a replacement for the apartment ASAP. Like, we found out all of our house stuff was approved so then about two weeks prior to moving out, we searched like crazy for someone to take over the  lease. We ended up paying about 1 week of rent prior to them moving in, but it saved him 6 mos of $1300. 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

shortbridetobe:  I would talk to the land lord and see if you found someone to rent it, would they be able to extend the lease X amount of time?

If not, there are always renters looking for 3 month leases or even shorter! Even if you found a one month renter, once someone else is in there, its THEIR responsibility to find a replacement or find a way to compensate the rest of the leases payment.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I am not understanding why you would need to pay $1100 to put it back on the market plus pat rent every momth it is vacant. Your leae is up in March, as in you only need to pay for January and February?  If so i would just pay rent for those two months on your regular schedule plus try to get into the new place in January if you have the money to do so. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Ugh it was just like that in the last place I lived. I have to pay $2000 to move out early, it was such a bummer. They also took HALF of our damage deposit (which was a full month’s rent) and literally the only actual damage was two little chips in the paint inside of the kitchen garbage closet… like really. They were going to take more but I fought them on every dollar that I could. I was moving out of the city, so I didn’t have a choice about it besides paying out the rest of our rent, which would have been $500 more. I would just stick it out for the last few months. You’ll be okay. It will be something you can laugh about years from now when you’re more comfortable. “Remember our crappy yet incredibly expensive apartment?” is a surprisingly funny story.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I don’t think it’s legal for them to ask you to pay for putting the apartment back on the market, find out, it is the responsibility of the landlord, it’s his/her apartment not yours.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Can you afford both places for like 2 months? Then you could just avoid the $1,100 ..unless you want to take the gamble to get in the market to save a couple hundred dollars on the slightly unlikely chance that someone moves in sooner.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We just did this. My upstairs neighbors were so loud in the middle of the night and I couldn’t sleep for months. It was getting to the point that it was interfering with my work and healh. We talked to the neighbors and the landlord many times but the neighbors were just assholes about it, so we decided to take a gamble and break our lease with 4 months left. We found a new place that is perfect for us so we snatched it up and told our old landlord that we’re leaving. They didn’t charge us a fee but they said we are on the hook to pay rent until it got rented out by someone else, but they would try to rent it ASAP. Thankfully it was rented within a week but I was STRESSED. It’s a lot of money, especially with a wedding coming up, but we were willing to pay it in order to get some sleep. So my advice is to think about if it’s worth it to you if you end up having to spend all that money. Why are you miserable there? Can you suck it up and stay? A great apartment will come along again later! BUT…if being there is causing your life to suck, I’d say move.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Does your lease say anything about this? I’ve had leases in the past that either said that you have to pay until rerented OR pay a fee (1-2 months rent) to break the lease outright and be done with it. I’ve never heard of paying a fee AND paying until rented. That’s a crappy policy. 

Are you allowed to sublet to someone for a couple months?

If you must pay a fee, plus rent until its rerented and you can’t sublet, then I would just try to delay move-in for the new place and pay for both places. I’ve had to do this for 1-2 months several times when moving. We found our current place with two months left on our lease at our old place, we were able to delay move-in one month and we just overlapped by one month. It does suck, though.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

It is not legal to ask for a fee and also require you continue to pay rent until it’s rerented. Take a look at your lease to see what options it gives you. If it says nothing, you’ll have to negotiate it with your landlord but they have the option of EITHER having you pay a break fee which would release you of liability for the vacant apartment OR they can continue to demand rent from you until it is rerented. They have an affirmative duty to mitigate damages by trying to find another renter. They don’t need to go above and beyond because you need it rerented asap, but they must use reasonable efforts consistent with how they typically market available apartments and that cost does not get passed to you. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

shortbridetobe:  There must be a break clause in your lease.  It depends on where you live and laws associated.  When I’ve had to break leases in the past, the fee has usually been 85%-100% of one months rent, which I get.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Why would you need to pay $1100 to “put it on the market”? Is there anything in your lease that includes some sort of penalty like that? Because if not, I don’t see what grounds they have to claim that unless they are hoping you will just accept that no questions asked. I also don’t get why you would pay that fee PLUS rent. The penalty should be in return for being able to just leave, not having to keep paying 2 months rent, because if they don’t rent it out in that time, are they giving you that $1,100 back? 

When is the new place available?

If your lease is up in March, that means two months of rent to be paid from today, right? And did you ever give them a “last months” rent or anything already? If yes, they have that. So then it is one month left.

If you can afford it, it can be worth paying rent on two places for 1-2 months overlap. I have done this where there was a place I really, really wanted. It also meant I could slowly move my stuff over instead of do it all in one panicked, busy day!

 

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