(Closed) Possibly breaking our lease…need advice!

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My lease stated that I had to pay two months rent to break the lease, so it wasn’t an indefinite thing.  We have a lot of people trying to move into the building though, so they’d have no problem with renting it out within the month. 

It sucks to do, but if it’s your dream house, and you can afford the mortgage, closing costs, escrow, and the rent on your current apartment, then go for it.  You can’t bank on them renting your apartment immediately, so you may be on the hook for a couple months at least.

Post # 4
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Check with a real estate lawyer in your city; the clause to pay up till the end of the lease may not be legally enforcable, but that really depends on the landlord/tenant codes in your area. It’s more likely that you’d need to pay 3 months rent plus the leasebreak fee, as that is a reasonable amount of time for the landlord to find a new tenant.

Post # 5
5427 posts
Bee Keeper

Get someone to sub-lease/take over the lease… Then it definitely gets rented, he may want to take his time renting out the place… and make you pay without him doing any “work” finding someone.

Post # 7
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our lease said we can’t sub-lease either (We just renewed our lease on June 15th, and we found 2 homes that we really like in the area we want to live, so I feel your pain) So I talked to the company we rent from, and they said if we wanted to they will list it as available, (when we are ready) and then we can also look for sub-leasers on our own. We do have to pay rent until the move in day of the new tenant…. But that is better than paying rent on it until June 15th 2013 lol. 

I would talk to your company… because it said on our lease no sub leasers, but they said that put that in their for their safety but if we work with them than we can sub-lease. I would say as long as they get their money from someone they are happy.

Good Luck!

Post # 9
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

And because you just renewed they may be cool about it, there is no harm in asking. 🙂

Post # 10
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Look up the specific laws in your state.  Where i live in california, it is very easy to break your lease for a variety of reason but laws vary from state to state

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