• How did the landlord break the lease agreement? You can always check with your local tenant advocacy group and they'll walk you through the process. Regardless of whether the landlord violated the lease, generally the rule is that tenants can leave early / break the lease but are responsible for paying the rents until the landlord is able to find a suitable replacement tenant. If you can find a new tenant and deliver them to the landlord, they cannot force you to stay. Assuming the new prospect is "qualified", that is. Still, if you're edgy with the landlord, prepare for things to get ugly. Best solution is to find a replacement tenant and ensure there is no vacancy between when you move out and they will move in. -Jeff
  • The answer is in the lease itself and may be subject to interpretation and your willingness and ability to prove the facts in court.
  • You can always break a lease. It is just a matter of what it may be worth to do so. If you wish to buy a house, for example, and you find an exceptional "buy". Is it worth paying a couple thousand dollars to break your lease, if you save $25,000 on the house? Of course it is. It would be interesting to hear what you perceive as the landlord's violation of the lease term. I'm guessing that your opinion and his will be diametrically opposed.
  • If the landlord has already broken the lease, it is no longer in effect. Be sure you understand what has happened, and what the lease agreement actually says before you base any choices on it.
  • Make sure you can prove that the landlord broke the terms of the lease. That almost means being able to quote the letter of the law! Read your lease. It is a contract. If either party breaks the condition of the contract it is null and void. The conditions of the contract therefore no longer applies. Look up the Lanlord-Tenant Laws for your area. If you plan on trying to break the lease, send a letter to the landlord by certified mail (signature required)stating EXACTLY what part of the lease was broken. KEEP copies of EVERYTHING in case you end up in court!!! Plan on having an unhappy landlord.Keep in mind that they are a possible future reference.

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