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What happens if you break your lease early?
House & Home / 6:38 PM - Friday December 05, 2008

What happens if you break your lease early?


I kind of have to because my mom needs assisted living.

- Asked by ellekassia26, A Creative, Female, 29-35, Home Maker

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If ur landlord is a nice guy, nothing will happen, BUT they can legally hold u on the rent, for however long ur lease is... Sorry

- Response by spitfire815, A Hippie Chick, Female, 56-65, Who Cares?

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You have to pay out the remainder of the lease. However, if they find someone else to lease the apartment, typically they can't charge you for the months they got rent.

I would talk to them about it. If you give them 60 days notice, they will usually let you break it. Offer to give them proof of your Mom's situation. That may help.


- Response by myndseye711, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, Bilbao, Celebrity

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Talk to your landlord. There is likely a term in there for changing in health or "lifechanges" as a way of getting out of the lease. Very often, landlords are just happy for the extra notice if you do have to lease.

I can ask for anything in life. I don't always get it, but the one certain thing is that I'm not allowing others the gift of helping me if I don't ask.

Good luck and God bless

- Response by kravjar666, A Father Figure, Male, 46-55, Los Angeles, Consulting

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It would depend on what is written up in the lease

Lady W*


- Response by ladywisteria, A Sweet Sarah, Female, Who Cares?, Who Cares?

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Have a talk with your landlord, they might be understanding.

- Response by sunshine26, A Cool Mom, Female, 29-35, Los Angeles

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They could make you buy out your lease.
You could lose your deposit.
Talk to your landlord and see if you can work something out. If you give them enough notice they can find another tenant things might go easier.

- Response by blackkat, A Career Woman, Female, 46-55, Self-Employed

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They could make you buy out your lease.
You could lose your deposit.
Talk to your landlord and see if you can work something out. If you give them enough notice they can find another tenant things might go easier.

- Response by blackkat, A Career Woman, Female, 46-55, Self-Employed

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You'll lose your deposit, and some contracts will state that you will still owe the remainder of the year's lease. Might be best to contact a lawyer with a copy of the lease in-hand to decide what's best for you.

- Response by doom2ruler, A Guy Critical, Male, 29-35, Technical

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