How NOT to Break a Lease

November 9th, 2005 by

Desperate times call for… desperate measures

Your apartment is so awful that you need to get out now. The management, however, really doesn’t want to let you go. Maybe it’s because you’re one of few renters left who actually pay rent and/or don’t sell drugs out of your apartment. Whatever the reason, you’ve gotta go—but it ain’t gonna be easy. Here are some highly unadvisable—wholly unadvisable, really—ways to get out of your apartment lease.

Get evicted

Hold on to your rent checks, ladies and gentlemen. Buy yourself a puppy, tear up some carpet, Jackson Pollack-ize your walls, do whatever it takes to get yourself kicked out of your apartment. This approach, while certainly fun, is ill-advised because of the potential it has to ruin your credit rating and tenancy record. If conditions in your apartment complex are that bad, though, maybe you’d like to go out with a bang.

Provoke your landlord

In some states, renters can get out of their legal obligations to carry out a rental agreement if their landlord threatens them with a firearm or other deadly weapon. This is definitely a last resort, and might be more difficult to carry out in certain housing situations than others. Still, if your landlord really is that crazy, you’ve got an easy out.

Provoke your ex-boyfriend (or girlfriend, or stalker)

If you have a standing order of protection against a particular individual and that order has been repeatedly violated without any action taken by the landlord, you are (in some states) removed from the obligation to carry out the terms of your lease.

Definite don’ts

Don’t just move out and stop paying rent. This will negatively affect your credit rating and your chances of finding good housing in the future.

Don’t assume your roommate will cover your part of the rent or find a new roommate once you leave. If your name is on the lease, it’s your responsibility to ensure your part of the rent is paid

If you’re feeling down about your lease-breaking situation, try reading these absurd—and expensive—horror stories to cheer up:

Different stories left a hole of $780 in my wallet.

When my husband’s job transferred him to another part of the state, we realized we were going to have to break the lease and we would have to pay a penalty. However, the way the staff handled it, left little to be desired! We got 2 different stories. The first being …

Seven month lease cost us almost $13,000.

…We signed a seven month lease, but just purchased an out-of-state home in Colorado . My husband’s work has been moved to Denver , but we will be paying moving expenses. …I received a hand delivered ” Break Lease ” memo that itemized a bill totaling $12,979.67. Mind you if the full amount of the remaining lease is less than $5750.00, that is approximately $7200.00 in fees for no good reason. I can just…

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74 Responses to “How NOT to Break a Lease”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I’ve got one HELL of a story about the past two years’ worth of harassment from my hellacious landlord, and you can find out all about it at http://www.geocities.com/mylandlordisscum

  2. courtneypi Says:

    I signed a lease with my boyfriend four months ago. I paid the security deposit and all the rent except for $400.oo I can’t keep doing that – it’s breaking me. I don’t want to break the lease but what can I do. Because of this we are over. He is still around but I am doing the paying. I am going to get behind but I am actually fully paid for my half of the rent. What to do – any suggestions?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I would pay my part of the rent and enclose a certified statement establishing that the b/f is responsible for the other part. You are legally covered and he will be the one with a ruined credit rating. Management will have to sue the second party signing the lease. Further, go to an attorney if they threaten eviction on the grounds that the full rent is not paid. You are not responsible for the full rent. I went through that problem after splitting from a girlfriend. My part of the deposit was refunded (minus billed damages) and the g/f had to pay in a new deposit along with signing a new lease.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Can the property manager put me out of my lease because I wrote a complaint letter? My kitchen faucets leaked and I called for maintenance. The assistant manager told me the manager would come and fix it that day, however nobody showed up or telephoned and left any messages. I wondered he did not come because there was other emergency repair or if it was because I asked him to take off his shoes when entering my apartment and I stated that in the letter. I also wrote that I felt that they slighted me and mentioned that there should not be any discrimination because it is illegal as it is written in the lease. Moreover, I also asked the management to tell my neighbor not to sweep her landing floor downwards my front door because there is always some dirt or soil in front of my door no matter how often I clean it.

    I dropped my letter, next day, the maintenance staff came. However, two days later, I received the letter from the property manager. In the letter, he apologized about the delay. He said that I offended the entire staff when bringing out the discrimination. He stated that it looked like I am not happy living here so he would not renew my lease and advised me to vacate the apartment when the lease ends next spring. After I received his letter, I went to him and apologized, saying that I did not mean to offend him when mentioning discrimination but it was good to receive confirmation that he follows the law. I also said that I did not know that he was not supposed to take off his shoes because it is related to insurance and legal as he explained it the letter. (Although other staffs take their shoes off when I asked them) Nevertheless, I apologized; he will still put me out of my lease.

    Is there anything I can do about this? Talking with the landlord or the owner will help?

    We have not had a good relationship with our management lately because we think that they side with the neighbors who live above us. They moved in last spring. Their young daughter always run and trampled the floor. We were annoyed by the vibration of our ceiling. Once I wrote her a note, telling her we were upset by the noise, but she must have complained about my note to the management because I received the warning letter from the management. They forbade us to communicate with them directly but to report everything to the management. They also suggested that perhaps we should find other place if we cannot stand the noise since it is the connecting building. We were upset that the management did not try to resolve the problem but first laid the blame upon us. The little girls kept on running and stomping day and night, sometime they had guests and that made the vibration even worse. Sometimes we did get a headache from that. Sometimes she ran continually over an hour. Once we did lost our patience and knocked back on the ceiling to signal them that we heard enough. The mother probably complaint that to the management; since we received three day eviction letter after that. They claimed that we caused nuisance and asked us to comply otherwise leave the apartment. My husband went to the management and talked to them and that was the first time they told us that we could write a complain letter about the neighbor. Strange! They did not advise this in their warning letter.

    Can I get any advice?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    What type of lease do you have? You might not have any say if he’s given you a pay period’s notice. Why don’t you just move? It seems like you should give your business to someone else if they’re treating you like that.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    what if you qualify for an apartment under their terms such as income rental history and credit. The apartment manager comes back to you and tells you you were denied because you dont have credit your credit score is below 100. If your credit score is actually very high and the landlord lied what should you do? I feel she is discriminationg against m y husbands race.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    You have rights. Apartment owners and their staffs are not allowed to discriminate for any reason covered under Federal Fair Housing Laws which includes, Race, Sex, Familial Status, Age, Religion or most Disabilities. If you feel you have been discriminated against because of a race issue, you can file a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. If they have reason to beleive that an apartment community is violating Federal Laws, they can and most likely will investigate. It would help if the property has clearly written qualifications for all guests interested in renting an apartment. Most do now-a-days to prevent someone from falsely accusing them of unfair rental practices. If you have a copy or if you saw them in the rental office while you were there and can see that you should have qualified, contact your local HUD office. Ususally honest apartment comunities do not change these types of policies without a legitimate reason. This is an unusual cirsumstance in that they have the burden of proof, not you. Again, call your local HUD office and speak to them about it.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Bad adise dude…it depends in what state you live in. Each state has their own laws and most do will have landlord/tenant statues stating otherwise.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    My apartment building was recently bought out by a different owner. They sent us a letter telling us that the construction would only be a problem for 1 week. Three months later the halls are a mess, the workers are parking in our parking spots, and I am waking up to people looking in my window siding my apartment. When we signed our lease we didn’t know that the apartment building would be sold or that there would be this construction. We want out of our lease without paying the $400 penalty, is there any way out of this? Nothing is listed specifically in our lease about this.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I live in Indiana and my sister paid her half of the lease in full upon moving out. Two months later she recieved a notice saying she owed the remaining 7,000.00. Her ex, being the sweet man he is, filed bankruptcy and left her the outstanding balance. Turns out in the rental agreement, if one party continues to pay rent on the remaining balance of half, there is no issue, however both parties are responsible for the full amount until it is paid. You can go to court and sue for the amount.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Sorry, they have the right to do all these things at will. Afer all you rent , they own the building.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    they got a complaint about you they responded. They then heard your side of the story thus giving you the reason to write a complaint letter about them. That indicates they believe your story. Also many of these things you describe are minnor and to be expected in any apartment.Consider a townhouse or duplex.Also before you start explaining the law check the laws and have them in writing. Laws vary by
    state.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Drums at apartments. I have a six month lease that will expire in two months, in May. I just received a complaint about the noise I make with my drums after I was told it was ok to play musical instruments between 8am and 9pm. I found a new place where theyll allow me to practice with my instrument, i this good enough reason to why I can break my lease early?

  14. Anonymous Says:

    I have cockroaches and just recently found gang graffiti on the stairs right outside of my apartment.There are also a lot of guys just “hanging” around late most nights. I’m feeling less & less safe, especially being a single woman. Do either of these give me the ability to get out of my lease? What if I call the health department about the roaches? And the police about the gang graffiti? If not, can I at least bring these issues to the management to try to let me out of the lease? Can I threaten to give bad reviews of the complex on websites and would this help/hurt me be able to get out of the lease? I really really want out! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Home improvement stores sell little plastic disposable shoe covers rather cheap. Many people (particuarly those rennovating a house) have them for maintenece workers to put over their shoes. Easy solution for all of your future maintenance needs.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    i moved into my 1 bedroom on feb 25 after having to delay my move for 1 week cause my leasing agent gave me the wrong keys.

    now im settled however my apartment is above a bunch of middle schoolers with tvs and music which are set SO loud and which violate the noise rules because sometimes i hear their shit until 2 am. (DEFINITELY AFTER 10PM) in the morning worst case scenario.

    not only that i have carpenter ants in my apt. usually i would not mind ants except that these ants are big and fat and look like medium sized retarded roaches.
    i have complained about both to my leasing agent. he listens but i feel nothing is being done.

    ESPECIALLY about the noise i have to put up with. i recently saw my next door neighbor and i m not surprised she looks cocky as she is.

    its truly a crappy building
    what can i do about the constant noise pollution? aside call the cops who didnt even show up

  17. Guest Says:

    I live in an apartment complex that accepts pets and I have no problem with people that have pets; the problem I do have is that there is someone above me that allows their dog to produce feces in front of my patio and doesn’t clean it up; as is stated in the pet section of the lease a tenant has to clean up after their pet. I have complained to management but the situation is not getting any better; I am sending a letter to the property manager to see if something different will be done. Can you tell me if I have grounds to break my lease?

  18. Guest Says:

    I am living in an apartment with my x-fiance’s sister and her two kids. We were doing fine when reciently he decided to threaten my life at which time he came to our apartment and tried to kick in my door and vadalized my truck leaving almost 2,000 in damages. I have had to get a restaining order on him although I would really like to just move away from the situation. Is this grounds to break to lease?

  19. Guest Says:

    My apartment complex is turning condo in the next several months. My lease is not up until December. I wanted to see if I could move now rather then wait till my lease is up since I know I will not be renting from there when my lease is up. They advised this would be breaking my lease. I have found out they have given residents in another building an incentive to move early. Wouldnt this be some sort of discrimination or is it wishful thinking on my part? I think want to start remodeling on their building that is why they want them out. Does anyone know if that is discrimination?

  20. Guest Says:

    i live in an apt with two roommates, I moved in in March 2006, their lease is up in sept 2006 so I added my name onto an already existing lease that initially, only contained their names. I just found out I am paying 250$ more a month than either of them and they assured me, upon moving in, that we were all paying equal amounts. I was supposed to be moving to another state in spet when the lease is up but considering the recent info that I found out in secret… I just want to pick up and leave with no notice… if my name was added to the lease so close to their lease end, is their a way to take it off without them knowing?

  21. Guest Says:

    I just moved into my townhouse and in 6 weeks 10 undercover cops have tried to pick up the woman who lives next door. My other neighbor told me she just got out of jail. They are real paranoid and yell at you if you get too close to their house, they have big Beware of Dog signs, ADT alarms, they live outside and in their garage like they’re guarding the place. I had to call my landlord once because my townhouse was full of gasoline fumes and I had to sleep in the basement, we found out it was this neighbor’s motorcycle gas tank, but now he hates me big time and they yell obscenities when I go outside to let my dog out or go to my car. I can’t babysit my 2 year old granddaughter here anymore, I don’t think it’s safe here. I think they are dealing drugs during the day as there are always different cars in the drive way all day long and they only stay for a few seconds after pulling up to their garage. My landlord won’t let me out of my lease but I’m afraid to stay here, the police won’t help either. Is there a way to break my lease without hiring an attorney?

  22. Guest Says:

    Is a doumented family medical emergency sufficient to break a lease and not be held responsible for the remaining rent on the lease in Indiana?

  23. Guest Says:

    Just as they should have had to sign you onto the lease, they should have to sign you off. However, if you were to pick up and move, and they fail to pay everything owed the apt community, the apt community can go after all 3 of you. I say you should confront them with the info you found out in secret! If you were to move out without notice and they do continue to pay the apt community as agreed, they can still go after you themselves in civil court. Good Luck!

  24. Guest Says:

    I moved to a double a couple of months ago. Since, I’m going to school I (stupidly) signed a two year “as is” lease. The subpump in my basement doesn’t work properly. I knew to expect it to be damp, but every time I do my laundry, my basement floor floods and the subpump remains filled with water even when I’m not doing any laundry. My landlord is aware of this situation and was aware at the time I signed my lease and has told me that they would fix it, but so far nothing has happened. I’m on social security disability for rheumatoid arthritis and emphysema and this is a real health situation. I’m concerned that my basement could get really moldy or it could get worse and I don’t need that. It’s hard enough for me to try to get by without air conditioning without having mold compound the situation. Any suggestions?

  25. Guest Says:

    I lived in Alabama. I had given them a 30 day notice saying that because I lost my job I was leaving the last week in October, and taking a job offered to me in Pittsburgh. I was given a “LEASE TERMINATION AGREEMENT” and a “notice to vacate.” Neither of which I ever signed or agreed to. So after being unemployed for the last month I was there and having to borrow 3 g’s to move to Pittsburgh, needles to say I was broke. It is now the end of june and I got a letter from an attourneys office saying I owe them $800 fee for breaking the lease. Is there any protection or help for people who loose their jobs? This was a no win for me. It was a choice between unemployment+eviction or move and have a job. Can someone help me?

  26. Guest Says:

    I live in a house that is divided into two apartments. My roommate and i live in the downstairs apartment. We love the apartment itself, but have come to find many problems with the area it’s in. We moved in April 1st, and since then (only 3 1/2 months), our two bikes and a fold up chair were stolen, the neighbor’s (above our apt., same house) car was stolen and found destroyed weeks later, as well as their charcoal grill. Also, two expensive ladders and some furniture belonging to the landlord were stolen from the garage behind our house. The final straw came when the coffee shop right next door to us (also owned by the landlord) was held up during the middle of the day by a man saying he had a gun. We have also come to find out just recently that there is a battered women’s safe house and a half way house on the same street. And worse, there are always random weird people sitting on our front porch, ringing our doorbell “looking for” someone, asking for handouts, etc. We are very concerned with this. One or two of these things wouldn’t be a big deal, but everything just keeps adding up and seems to be getting worse. For example, we also just found out that the landlord wants to get a liquor license for the coffee shop next door. This means there would be loud music, loud drunk people/cars in and out until 2 AM every night within spittin distance of our house. We wouldn’t have picked this place had we been aware of that. Also, he has planned a festival with live music all day and night and 60+ vendors in our parking lot that we share with the coffee shop, and our backyard. We live in New York and we wanted to know if anyone knows of laws or other ways to get out of the lease (which he still hasn’t given us a copy of despite our request for him to do so) so that we can leave this increasingly dangerous area without oweing any money. Eager to hear back! Thanks…

  27. Guest Says:

    I just signed a lease in Indiana and the place is crazy. There are kids sitting in front of the entrance to my building at all hours, smoking “stuff” and drinking, people driving like maniacs in the early morning hours, and I just found out today that there was a shooting in the complex because the police were questioning the kids who “hang out” at the entrance. This is too much. Am I screwed and stuck? I’ve only been there for one week.

  28. Guest Says:

    My landlord never fixes any problems and my lease has been over for a year now. My lease was done under the old landlord before he sold the building. I have a new apt and am getting the keys tomorrow, can I just leave since the new landlord doesn’t have copies of our leases??

  29. Guest Says:

    I’m wondering the same thing. Did you receive any helpful replies about a “family medical emergency sufficient to break a lease and not be held responsible for the remaining rent on the lease in Indiana?”

  30. Guest Says:

    i have roaches the size of canada in my apartment I have notified my landlord three times that there was a problem. the second time i notified them i was told an exterminator would be coming the following friday. obviously he never showed up bc i had five roaches in my apartment last night. Its not exactly the best thing to wake up to a roach as big as your head in your sink when you go to brush your teeth at 6 am. can i break my lease and get my security deposit back due to negligence on the part of the landlord?

  31. Guest Says:

    My best friend’s husband is leaving for Iraq and I want to move into her house in North Carolina to help with her two small children. I live in Indiana presently and I want to end my lease. How do I end my lease early (in December 2006) instead of May 2007 without affecting my credit score?

  32. Guest Says:

    First, check with your city and make sure he has certificate of occupancy, or a license to rent the property. It is surprising how many landlords don’t follow the city rules. If there is no CO – you can break your lease. Also, you can suggest that the living situation has caused you “metal stress” (which it sounds like it should) and that can also be a means of breaking your lease. Hope this helps. NY has strict laws of things such as 24 hour notice before entering your apt (except if an emergency repair is needed)…

  33. Guest Says:

    I own a house and my bofriend moved in with me three years ago. Now we are breaking up and he says I need to evict him to get him out of my house. What is the process with this?

  34. Guest Says:

    I’m living with my 3 friends in a 2 room apartment and the lease said only 4 people can live here. Well my roomates girlfriend has moved in. I want to move out ut they said if so i have to still pay, i just want to move back to my old house, is there any way i can get out of this lease with this info? thanks

  35. Guest Says:

    I’m living in my uncle’s apartment building and he has a tenant in a basement that plays music LOUD and bass the shocks the floors and screams at their children with bad words which the children are under 9 years of age. I have confronted him but was scream back at. The couple are nut cases and they live in the basement with out a lease and illegal living down there. How could I get them out without getting my uncle in any trouble like fines or etc… because he is renting it out illegal.

  36. Guest Says:

    Well if your roommate(s) girlfriend(s) are not on the lease they have no right to stay there. Who is telling you that you have to pay? The roommate or the landlord? If it is the roommate then they should understand that you did not agree to live with extra people and you all should set up rules on overnight visitors and how long they can stay. If it is the landlord, do they have anything to say about the extra tennants in the apartment. It seems that enough people stay there that should be able to pay the rent.

  37. Guest Says:

    I live in a four bedroom house with three other people. One of those people broke the lease by getting a dog even though we told him it was against the lease. Is there any way we can get him evicted without getting ourselves evicted?

  38. Guest Says:

    iam the one that didnt sign but i payed 1/2with my boy friend can he throw me out over a dispuite

  39. Guest Says:

    My roommate has informed me that she is moving out because her boyfriend “doesn’t like me anymore.” I cannot afford my apartment on my own and moreover, I can’t really afford to move either. MOREOVER, I’m feeling a little rejected and a little vicious, so I want to make her stay or pay. (I have no problem living in a hostile environment if it means I WIN!) So, 2 questions: Can she legally move out if I do not sign a new lease with my name only on it? And if she illegally moves out, can I take her to small claims court? (We have $6000 remaining on our lease). Please advise SOON!!!!!! I would really appreciate it!

  40. Guest Says:

    Can I break lease early due to condo conversion? I received a notice to vacate on my door. However, the vacate date is later than my lease agreement but the property has denied access to swimming pool, fitness center, and even use of the front entrance (we have to drive around to side entrance). I would like to move asap because of all the changes, but I am not sure if I will technically be breaking my lease and charged a penalty/owed rent. Help!

  41. Guest Says:

    my son, granddaughter, and my grandson now lives with me and I want them out. They drink, curse, and disrespect me and I can’t take it any longer. I live in an apartment and only my granddaughter is on the lease how do I get them out?

  42. Guest Says:

    My sister lives with her husband in Co. He is abusing her daily. Her name is on the lease for there apartment and the rental company will not let her off without him signing off on it. He won’t sign her off because this way he can make her stay. Is there anyway she can force them to let her off of the lease before he really hurts her?

  43. Guest Says:

    You and your granddaughter are the only ones on the lease and the only ones with the right to be there. Your landlord can write you a letter asking them to vacate or pay for staying there! Unless the pay you and it’s in writing they have to leave. You could even have them escorted out by the police.

  44. Guest Says:

    My lease expires at the end of March andI will not be renewing it. How much of a notice do I have to give my complex? Is thirty days efficient?

  45. Guest Says:

    r u on drugs?

  46. Guest Says:

    my daughter leased an apt with 2 others in july,she got someone to take over her lease in sept called the landlord to let him know and he said ok, now we find out no one has ever paid rent (only her check till sept)and we are just being told now. 2 names are on the orginal lease, the guy is kind of unorganized, he said he had a computer problem and did not know no one was paying till just now. end of april. i dont see a signed lease either. i dont care about the deposit however i dont want to be responsible for an apt she wasnt in

  47. Guest Says:

    I signed a lease and just got the keys today. This apartment was not available for me to see prior to the move in date. I did see another apartment a few months earlier so I knew what they looked like. After getting the keys to begin my move in I found the place below standards in cleanliness and just falling apart. Counter and sinks have gouges and large dark stains through out the apartments carpeting. Kitchen drawer missing and cabinet facing peeling among other things. The place looked trashed and filthy. I am not even interested in moving in now. How can I get out of this lease? FYI this is northern california area

  48. Guest Says:

    My boyfriend and I are both on the lease. Recently he has been physically abusive… he hasn’t hit me but pulls me out of bed… pushes me around. I want him to leave and I will take over the lease … he doesn’t want to… Everything in the house I have bought and it will take him about 30 minutes to leave with his belongings (if that) for him not to leave is just being spiteful. I really want out of this situation… any suggestions?

  49. Guest Says:

    i hope not i am in the same situation

  50. Guest Says:

    good luck. i had the same situation. i offered to take over the lease, but he wanted to stay and so i left. i told the landlord why i wanted off the lease, and i got a lawyer to no avail. i even had my ex sign something saying he was fully responsible. however, a few months later, my ex stopped paying rent. i’m a law student, so i’ll try to break this down easily. . .since you’re both on the same lease, you’re both responsible, whether you live there or not. you’re not required to live there, but you’re required to pay. if you’re lucky, your landlord will let you off the lease, or force him off the lease. ask your landlord to evict your BF if you can afford the place on your own. he shouldn’t have a problem with that unless your credit is bad. good luck. if you need it, get a lawyer.

  51. Guest Says:

    Call “social services” asap and they will provide the guidance you need about how to handle the matter.
    This is definitely an “abusive” situation!
    Please don’t feel one ounce of guilt while getting back your peace of mind and your righful respect!

  52. Guest Says:

    If your uncle does not have any issue with his illegal tenants then my first suggestion would be for YOU to find new housing. However, the tenants may think your uncle has no recourse because he is taking money illegally. If your uncle wants them to go, I would report the family for verbal abuse and have social workers check for other type abuse that may or may not be taking place.

  53. Guest Says:

    long story short i was told my lease was for 8 months i signed the lease apon these terms on verbal agreement*i have a witness) i didnt read the lease you know they point u sign they generlize the 15 page lease…(which i no longer have the lease papers) well they changed managment co..and the orginal woman whom i signed the lease with had left to go manage another complex..i stayed 10 months were i recived 2 renewal notices which i replyed to just one with a phone call that i had given my 30 day notice and i was going to move..nobody said anything about my lease being 12 months i didnt suspect anything foul so i recive a phone call 3 months later!!! thats says i owe them 1500 dollars due to my broken lease and they cant find any record of me receving a renewal notice what are my options…?

  54. Guest Says:

    I am moving into an apartment at the end of October and since my son is on probation and required to live with me we both had to sign the lease. However he is verbally abusive towards me, refuses to work, go to school, do household chores or pretty much anything that doesn’t involve persuing leisure activities with his friends. He will be off probation on his 19th birthday in March and I am afraid as bad as it is now it will be 10 times worse when he is out of the court’s jurisdiction. Since his name is on the lease does that mean that I would not have the right to ask him to leave? If so what is the best way, or any way, to get his name taken off the lease?

  55. Guest Says:

    Did you get out? If you did, could you tell me how. I have the same problem.

  56. Guest Says:

    my uncle signed on a lease for me and my boyfriend and we have lived here for a year and 1/2 and we are looking into buying a home. we have the chance to live with his parents till the house is built so that we can save some money. there is still 8 months left on the lease and we don’t want to hurt his credit we don’t have 2000.00 to give them to break the lease. my uncle does not live in the state.how can we get out of the lease without effecting uncle.

  57. Guest Says:

    how much does moving out of an apartment and not paying your last months rent affect your credit score

  58. Guest Says:

    We just moved into an apartment with roachs. When we were moving in they told us there was no bugs. It was a lie. We leased it for 1 year. How do we go about it?

  59. Guest Says:

    True that it’s their building and they can do what they like with it however… leases and/or laws usually specify that you can have an expectation to a certain amount of privacy and have exclusive right to the space you’ve leased as long as you’re not violating any laws (ie – dealing drugs or the like). People staring in your windows (whether they work for the complex or not), not being able to access your premises (or the access to your premises being dangerous to life and limb or horribly unsanitary) are all things that are definately worth mentioning to the management, if not an appropriate authority.

  60. Guest Says:

    Let’s just say this: I HAVE to leave. I have another place to go. My name is on the lease but I never formally verbally agreed to it and I never signed ANYTHING. I was never given a copy of the lease, should I have asked for one? I was only aware that my name was on the lease when I decided to move out. That’s when my roommates brought it into play. I thought I was a month-to-month and had no idea. I am really baffled about the whole thing and I don’t understand ANYTHING about this. I was never given any terms or agreements and never even talked to directly about this. They could totally pin me for a “verbal agreement” about the lease, right? So, how do I get out without having to pay until they find a “suitable replacement”?

  61. Guest Says:

    I don’t know where you live or the specifics of your situation, but if you’ve never seen a copy of the lease or never signed anything, how can you be sure that you are on the lease?
    Sounds like your roommates are playing games with you and trying to make you feel obligated. Verbal agreements are hard to enforce. You may want to talk to an attorney before you do anything, but if the place you are staying in has specific procedures for adding roommates and they were not followed, your staying there may cause problems for whoever is named on the lease. In other words, you may not legally have a right to live there from the landlords point of view. This could be used as leverage if your roommates get nasty and insist that you stay. Again, you may ant to talk to an attorney. In the future, always get it in writing.

    Hope this helps.

  62. Guest Says:

    I have a lease on an apartment in california, that is not over for another 9 months. My documented medical condition is becoming much worse, and I can no longer climb the 2 flights of stairs to my apartment, I can no longer walk to the mail box, and I can no longer walk to the front gate to let my visitors in. What can I do? Can I break my lease

  63. Guest Says:

    So we just moved out of our apartment because we’ve been robbed twice and the second time we got robbed, the person took our rent money so we couldn’t pay rent. We told the apt and she suggested we move out before she files for eviction and that she would let us out of the lease. So we moved in with a friend, but when we tried to go get a new apartment it said that we were still on lease at our old apartments. When we called to see why, she said she was charging us for not telling her we were moving and for the carpet that they didn’t change and other ridiculous untrue things in the end she says that we owe them 3,000 dollars. We obviously can’t pay it, so how do we get out of the lease? We are unable to get any other apartment because of this

  64. Guest Says:

    What did you find out about this? I live in Wilmington, NC and want my boyfriend to move out and he won’t leave……I own my house too…….can you help me?

  65. Guest Says:

    I got a job in another part of the state and when I went talked to the management I found out that I couldn’t transfer the lease to my roommate. So I would have to break it if I wanted out. I also found out my roommate wasn’t on the lease, probably one of the many reasons the office manager was fire. So now my roommate is on the lease. I couldn’t just break it and leave my roommate on his own. I’m stuck on the lease till October. I trust my roommate enough to pay the rent but I am on the lease so i’m still liable. This whole things seems fishy to me. There has to be something that lets me transfer the lease solely onto my roommate. If anyone could help that’d be much appreciated. I’m in Florida FYI.

  66. Guest Says:

    Tell her she is responsible for the early termination fee. Tell her she’s on the contract even if she’s not. She can have her boyfriend pay for it if he’s the one driving this.

  67. Guest Says:

    My boyfriend and I have lived together for 2 years in a duplex that we rent. He told me last week that he wanted to split up, so the next day, he goes and takes my name off the lease without my being there, and signs a new one with his name only, and kicks me out! He says with a copy of the new lease, if I try and come back he will call the police and have me arrested! Is this legal? PLease help!

  68. Guest Says:

    I owned a house in Alabama, I have allowed a family member to live there rent free for several years, nothing is in his name, will I have problems making him leave?

  69. Anonymous Says:

    I currently live in an apartment in Memphis,Tn. My ceiling has been leaking for 2 weeks now. I sent emails & pictures to the owners of the property which lives in Atlanta. The apt manager came over & said the problem will be fixed in a few days, its been another week. I want to move because a piece of ceiling has fallen…. I didnt pay my rent this month, because I refuse to stay here any longer. I received a letter saying their going to take legal action. What can I do?

  70. Kay Says:

    I have not even moved in but I pre-leased for November and suddenly I will not be able to move in and they want me to pay a months rent and 12 months rent. What can I do?

  71. brenda Says:

    Hi, help, my daughter signed a lease with her roommate. They have a very expensive apartment. They had a party where a guest had an argument with a girlfriend, took the argument downstairs where security guard was. The guy came back up after throwing the room key for a hotel at the girl and 20 dollars to get a taxi back to their room. She cried to the guard told him that she was pregnant….blah blah blah….so the guard filled out a report and called the police. The girl text the guy up in the apartment and he came down. The police showed up, and filled out a report the guests left and went to their room. Now the daughter received a notice of 30 days to vacate. Can this be faught? Help.

  72. Audrey Says:

    Hey i am renting this houses with a friend.who was sombody that i thought was sane.But after a month i find that she not completely right in the head.she has threated me.I am scared to be around her and whould like to break my lease. But i don’t want to be sued? What can i do?

  73. mz.undastud Says:

    jus recently had my boyfriend of 5years arrested for domestic abuse. we’re pending court rite now but fortunately, the judge awarded a full order of protection on my behalf. we have am active lease that doesn’t expire until october 2012. can i take him to small claims court n force him to continue to pay his portion. i have a 10year old that i provide for n will need the extra assistance while saving prior to renewing the lease.

  74. yvonne Says:

    my daughter and I live together, we recently moved to Indianapolis Indiana, she has an apartment which we both share now but it is a town house and I can not climb the stairs, so we decided to put applications in for down stairs one floor plan apartments, well we went to one which guaranteed we would be able to move in, they took fee for application 35.00per person also had figured our incomes together still giving hope we could move in , well2 days later my daughter calls to see when we could move and we were told our credit scores were too low for them to rent to us,what can we do we were never told getting the apartment was based on credit scores and I am very dissapointed

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