Uncoding Your Lease’s Legal Jargon

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Unless you’re a real estate lawyer, a landlord, or you just like reading over lease documents, the legal terminology in your lease might not be used in your everyday vocabulary. Terms such as buyout clause, sublease, and termination could help you break your lease, if you know how to use the legal jargon to your advantage. Here are a few general terms to help you through your lease.

Buyout Clause: this is a clause in your lease that specifies you can be asked to move out of your apartment for a specific amount of money. There’s usually no way to require you to evacuate your apartment for payment, but sometimes a landlord may become desperate to have your apartment for another use (his or her own tenancy, or a relative or friend’s tenancy), and will ask you to consider being bought out. The practice is somewhat new and questionable, but is becoming more common.

Eviction: the process of removing a tenant from his or her apartment for not having paid rent. Eviction is sometimes also called unlawful detainer. This is a serious legal action with specific steps that a landlord must follow in full, and a court, not the landlord, ultimately decides whether a tenant can be evicted. Know your rights, and if your landlord tries to have you evicted without proper notice or trial, get the law involved on your side.

Liability: the state of being liable, or responsible, for something. You’re generally considered liable for damages or activities that occur in your apartment while you’re living there, unless you can prove an element outside of your control (fire, flood, plumbing mishap) was the culprit. You (not your landlord) are also liable for any injuries that may occur in your apartment while you’re the renter, so consider taking out a renter’s liability insurance policy.

Lockout: this is the term for when a tenant is locked out of his or her apartment unexpectedly. It’s illegal for a landlord to lock a tenant out of his or her own apartment, regardless of the reason—even months and months of unpaid rent. The eviction or unlawful detainer process must be followed as mandated by law. If a court rules that you can be evicted, a local law enforcement official will complete the process, not your landlord, and you’ll be given a specific amount of time in which to move out. If you fail to do so, the landlord should continue to lean on law enforcement, not just change the locks. If you have been locked out of your apartment without an eviction order, you can likewise contact the police to let you back in to recover your belongings. You may also file an illegal lockout complaint or possibly even a lawsuit against your landlord for having locked you out.

Property: this term covers both tangible and intangible space, equipment, or rights that someone is entitled to have or use. Since you don’t technically own your property as a renter, you’re paying for the use of someone else’s property. Always keep this in mind, and don’t treat the property like it’s yours— it isn’t and you’ll pay for misuse later.

Rental Concession: a rental concession is a benefit, like a discounted rent, that landlords offer in order to attract tenants. The term of this concession will usually be identified in your original lease, so make sure you understand for how long you’ll be paying a discounted rent. You don’t want to wake up one morning to an eviction notice because you didn’t know your rent rate was changing. A concession addendum, included in your lease, should specify the term for which your concession lasts, and usually also specifies that you’ll have to pay back the discount you received should you break your lease.

Security Deposit: a sort of “insurance” for landlords, this type of deposit is usually required upon moving into a new property. It’s intended to help ensure that the renter behaves in accordance with the lease terms, since violating the lease terms can cause forfeiture of the deposit.

Sublease: an agreement where you arrange for another individual to take over rental payments on your lease and stay in your apartment, possibly while you live elsewhere. Subleases are often prohibited in lease contracts without prior landlord approval, and you as the official lessor remain responsible for paying rent and accounting for any damages inflicted on the apartment by the party who’s subleasing from you. Keep this in mind when considering a sublease.

Termination: when you signed your apartment lease, you agreed to stay in your apartment for a specific amount of time. If you want to move out early, you can try to get your lease terminated. Work with your landlord to come up with a lease termination agreement that is acceptable to both parties. You’ll probably end up paying some extra money to move out early, but if it’s worth it to you, terminating your lease may be a good option.

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100 Responses to “Uncoding Your Lease’s Legal Jargon”

  1. June 06, 2006 at 8:32 am, Guest said:

    how does the law work if you buy a house with a 30-60 day notice..

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  2. July 11, 2006 at 10:57 am, Guest said:

    it depends on the language in your lease– if you have a month-to-month lease, then all you have to do is give 30 days notice before you leave.

    if you have a long-term lease (6,9, or 12 months), you must honor it unless the lease has some funky clause that says you can quit if you buy a house.

    but 99.9% of leases will NOT let you break the lease just to buy a house (house buying is viewed as competition by most landlords, so they don’t encourage it), so you’ll have to find an alternative.

    Consider these 2 options:

    1) Can you pay money to get out of it (your lease will say how much if this is an option),

    2) Can you sublet your place to another tenant? Again, your lease may not allow this so check. If it does allow you to, start advertising on Craigslist!

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  3. July 19, 2006 at 12:28 am, Guest said:

    My lease does not specify the actions taken if it is broken. What are the legal actions a landlord can actually take?

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  4. July 19, 2006 at 3:55 pm, Guest said:

    I found a great rental which also had a For Sale sign in the yard. I toured the house, loved it and decided to take it. I filled out an application, provided by the owner’s leasing agent, provided a check for the security deposit, and sat back and waited for the approval process.

    Three days later I was informed that my rental application was approved and was sent to the owner for consideration. I was told that the owner was still showing the house to a prospective buyer on day 4 and a decision would come about after that. This really made me angry.

    I decided to drive by and noticed that both the rental and For Sale signs were in the yard. I feel I’m being used like a schmuck. I have not seen the lease yet on day 4.

    There were a couple of other places I could have rented here in Denver (tight market), but I passed on those thinking this was a done deal…my mistake.

    I do not feel the owner or his leasing agents are acting in good faith. What options do I have as recourse if I have no evidence that I’ve submitted an application? My check of course has not been cashed.

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  5. July 22, 2006 at 12:09 am, Guest said:

    i need help with what to do if i want to break my lease because i simply can not afford it. i have been living here for three months now, and i have been late on my rent twice already. i don’t see my future getting any easier. what do i do?

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  6. July 23, 2006 at 6:17 pm, Guest said:

    found a great apartment. The rent is high but worth it. The management company sent us paper work to review, and it seems there are some clauses that are ludicrous. We have 2 Pugs for which they are asking an additional $5 thousand for also they are asking us to pay for any new appliances provided in the apartment. I am curious to know if this legal and or reasonable to request from tennants.

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  7. July 25, 2006 at 11:53 am, Guest said:

    The only apartment that I can afford to rent has a “no pets” policy on its lease, but I know many people who live there and they say that they have pets and management sees them, but doesn’t enforce the rule. I’m afraid that after I move in, a new manager will take over and make me give up my cat. I’ve read somewhere that this can happen. People tell me I worry too much and that there’s no way it would happen. I live in NJ. If there’s any info anybody could give me, I would appreciate it.
    Thank you.

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  8. August 04, 2006 at 7:05 pm, Guest said:

    Yes, a new manager can come in and demand that you must get rid of the pet, but the manager must do it to all. Fair housing states that you must treat everyone equally.

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  9. August 04, 2006 at 7:33 pm, Guest said:

    Put it on your credit report.

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  10. August 05, 2006 at 6:37 pm, Guest said:

    There is no agreement until both sides have executed a contract (lease)… therefore you have no legal rights. It is up to the owner to grant final approval… not the leasing agent or property managament company.

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  11. August 10, 2006 at 3:08 pm, Guest said:

    I am renting a house with some friends. The plumbing is awful and we have had continuous problems with the water pressure, like the water losing all pressure in the middle of your shower. Last week our maintenance man came to look at the plumbing and now we have full blown construction going on in our house. We’ve had to get all new toilets, he is redoing one entire bathroom with a new sink, toilet and tub/shower. The problem is we have been without running water for 7 days now. The water has come off and on, one day it was scalding hot and the cold wasn’t working, yesterday it was on but was brown with dirt and grime. We’ve left it running today but it is still cloudy and dirty. We’ve all had to find different places to bathe, going to relatives and friends houses for the last week. Not to mention our house is completely torn up. My roomates feel that we should be able to prorate our rent for the days we’ve been unable to bathe. To make matters worse our maintenance man turned off our electricity in our kitchen for two days to also fix our stove and all of our food in the fridge/freezer was ruined because he never told us he was doing so!! I don’t know what our legal rights are. Our landlord always says he’ll get back with us and never does. Any suggestions? Has anyone ever dealt with a situation like this? What can we do?

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  12. August 13, 2006 at 9:08 pm, Guest said:

    In the state of wisconsin, do you have a three day grace period to back out of a newly signed lease? If so, where would one find that law?

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  13. August 25, 2006 at 6:12 pm, Guest said:

    CAN i GET OUT OF MY LEASE IF OWNERS FAILED TO LET ME KNOW ABOUT SEX OFENDERS LIVING ON THE PREMISES

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  14. September 19, 2006 at 5:30 pm, Guest said:

    can you break a lease if you want to buy a house?

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  15. September 21, 2006 at 5:20 pm, Guest said:

    I was given a 28 day notice to vacate. The 28th day actually fell on the 1st (which was a Friday). I advised the landlord that I will complete my move in the morning. When I came there, he changed the locks and had all of my stuff piled in one room. I took my belongings and left. Now, the landlord sent me a letter saying my deposit is being held for various reasons, mainly because I didn’t clean up and didn’t throw away stuff. Is this legal? He also charged me extra money for that Saturday, but I wasn’t even allowed to go in the unit other than to grab my belongings. Can someone help me?

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  16. October 04, 2006 at 9:52 am, Guest said:

    i need help. my landlords wife has been harrassing me. i lived there for 2 years. when my lease was up i was offered another 1 year lease. after i signed it, about 2 weeks later i got a letter saying i owe a bunch of late fees for the past 2 years(in my old lease), she never mentioned these fees until i resigned. then i spoke to her in sept and told her i would send some money and 2 weeks later i got another letter saying i made no effort to pay the fees so i should find somewhere else to live and if i dont start answering my phone she will call the marshall even though we had spoken on that issue 2 weeks earlier. mind you she is not even my landlord, she calls me at work, home, my moms, ect. what are my rights

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  17. October 04, 2006 at 3:19 pm, Guest said:

    Rent Concession ended but Apartment manager still accepted reduced rent.

    I had a rent concession and did not realize that the rent concession ended because I had so much going on in my life. I was diagonsed with lupus and gave birth to twins, so checking my lease was the last thing on my mind. SO I kept paying the reduced rent. Manager never looked at my lease and always accepted my reduced rent payment. Now she wants to give me a notice to pay the back late payments for the rent concession.

    I believe I shouldn’t be responsible for that because she still accepted the payments and I believe she is doing this to get back at me because I don’t speak to her anymore. Also my locks haven’t been changed since the old tenants moved out. No apartment checklist was done the day I moved in. ANd the things I was promoised to be done, has not been done. What do I do?

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  18. November 13, 2006 at 8:58 am, Guest said:

    I need help with an apartment I’m living in. It’s a condo building but we are renting from the owner. On October 13th I wrote him an email beacuse some things in the apartment had started falling apart. The toilet had a crack that we were afraid was going to break and the overhead lights in the livingroom and my sons bedroom have stopped working as well as an outlet in the kitchen.
    He came over that afternoon made a list of the issues I needed addressed and left. It’s been almost a month now and this morning the toilet cracked. When you flush the water runs out of a huge crack in the base.
    I’ve written him 4 emails including the original one he came here about. I have heard nothing back.
    What can I do about this? Should I withhold rent? Should I have the toilet repaired and take it out of the rent?

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  19. November 20, 2006 at 10:08 am, Guest said:

    I just purchased a home and have about a month to go on my apt. lease I want to move and not pay for the last months rent. will this go on my credit report if I do not pay for the last month I have given a verbal notice.

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  20. January 14, 2007 at 8:29 am, Guest said:

    My Apartment “evicted” me with out notification. said i didnt pay rent. I have proof that I did but they refused to let me dispute. Then when they couldnt evict me they tried saying i abandoned my apt. so i then wrote a letter then they locked me out. I am trying to finish moving out and now i cant when i called to get a key i was refused.

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  21. January 17, 2007 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:

    I WAS LOCKED OUT WHILE MOVING OUT. I HAD TO GO DOWN TO COURT TO FILE A COMPLAINT AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE IN SPECIAL CIVIL PART TO GET BACK INTO THE PREMISES. tHIS IS THE LEGAL WAY TO DO THIS, IF THEY ILLEGALLY LOCKED YOU OUT THE JUDGE WILL AGREE WITH YOU AND LET YOU BACK IN. INFORM THE LANDLORD OF WHEN YOU WILL BE GOING TO COURT TO DO THIS, PREFERRABLE BY CERTIFIED MAIL.

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  22. January 25, 2007 at 8:08 pm, Guest said:

    I broke an apartment lease 10 years ago.Really didnt understand how it worked. I had gone to Apt manager to find out what to do because I was leaving to move to another state for my son to see a doctor there. The manager assured me I could move and they would just rent the place. No big deal but how foolish and young I was. I called them about a year later when i found it on my credit report and explained my situation. Now 10 years later I recieved a letter demanding payment. Shouldnt it be off the credit by now?

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  23. January 29, 2007 at 11:14 am, Guest said:

    If you made any payments on the balance, that activates the account.

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  24. February 01, 2007 at 6:05 pm, Guest said:

    Hi thanks for your reply. No I didn’t make any payments as was told it was ok before I left. Was hoping it would come off my credit by now. They claimed they couldn’t rent it for the remainder of the lease. What do I do now?

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  25. February 05, 2007 at 11:04 pm, Guest said:

    Lots of Mold here! I have mold in my apartment what can I do legally about it? My husband and I have become very ill. He had to be hospitalized because he was too weak to walk and breathe. I’ve told mgmt about it they said “a little mold is fine.” I am positive that they are aware of the mold situation. The amounts in my apt are not by far “a little.” It’s nasty and unhealthy! I can’t live like this?
    The wall has been falling apart litterally next to the tub. I’ve heard stories from other former tenants about not getting their entire deposit back (mold problems). No matter how good you clean your apt. I’m afraid that we will get accused of doing damage to it? Not get our entire deposit back.
    I’m afraid to whipe the mold off the wall without having it fall apart more. This apt is in good shape compared to the way it used to be when we moved in! I had to go back and re-clean. There was a fowl odor (fried fish stench) that lingered the apt for weeks. Thank God, I’m on a month-to-month. I can’t wait to ditch this place!
    Should I fix the wall before I vacate the apt? What agencies besides the health department should I contact? I live in California. I’d appreciate the suggestions..Thank You in advance!

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  26. February 06, 2007 at 2:02 pm, Guest said:

    Contact the Credit Bureau in writing and tell them you would like it removed because it is a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act for such an old debt to still appear on your credit. Good luck!

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  27. February 15, 2007 at 10:38 am, Guest said:

    I live in New Jersey and I need to know if I must give my landlord a copy of my new key (I just changed the locks because I think my landlord is coming into my apartment when I am not home without telling me about it) he denies it, but I feel safer with the new locks.

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  28. February 20, 2007 at 4:21 pm, Guest said:

    i was illegally evicted from my apartment. they changed the lock’s and threw everything i owned in the trash. The police informed me that i should get a lawyer and sue. i sent a demand letter to them, demanding 450,000 dollars for my things, priceless items, and pain/suffering is that to much.

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  29. February 28, 2007 at 1:33 pm, Guest said:

    If my landlord has offered to allow me to vacate early because he has another person interested in my unit and there is no written clause in my lease agreement in regards to penalties, will I have to pay lease break fees or forefit my deposit? The landlord doesn’t have any personal information besides my name and phone number, he also never ran a credit report before I moved in (he took my word),Could he do anything to me?

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  30. March 10, 2007 at 8:03 pm, Guest said:

    Your landlord must have a key in every state. He is allowed reasonable access to your apartment to check things like health status, fire violations, smoke detectors and general inspections. Only a crappy landlord would go in without telling you though.

    BP

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  31. March 10, 2007 at 8:06 pm, Guest said:

    Bathtub walls will rot without proper maintenance. If you have notified managment and they ignored it, just skip out on your last months rent and they can;t touch you.

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  32. March 10, 2007 at 8:07 pm, Guest said:

    If he choses to report it. Most landlords won’t bother though

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  33. March 10, 2007 at 8:09 pm, Guest said:

    Pretty sure you need 30 days to vacate.

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  34. March 27, 2007 at 1:17 pm, Guest said:

    I’m living in an apartment where my car has been broken into twice, roaches are amongst my neighbors, i have a leaking showerhead that the apartment office swore to fix, but still has not, I have a crack in on of my windows that has been there since I moved in, which is leaking water, and I have mold growing around my windows, on my walls, and around my door frame. My lease is up the end of April, but this is making us very very sick, is there anything I can do to get out of here sooner? They cleaned the mold once, but it’s back. Is there anything I can do?

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  35. March 28, 2007 at 11:32 am, Guest said:

    How much sooner could you possibly get out?!? If your lease were up in July or something, I could see your question….

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  36. April 16, 2007 at 9:05 am, Guest said:

    I am moving from Florida to Georgia but won’t be doing so until July. I have a teaching job and have selected a community. I have paid a $300 deposit and the lease has been faxed to me. Isn’t April a little early to sign a lease that doesn’t start until July?
    I am sure I’ve made my final choice but I think it’s kind of early to sign lease and I haven’t moved yet. If something happens that would prevent me from moving for instance a major illness aren’t I bound to keep the lease agreement?

    Please help.

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  37. May 02, 2007 at 1:12 am, Anonymous said:

    Hi! I rent an apartment with one roomate, we’ve lived here 2 years – renewed the lease once. Our lease end in 4 months, I have to move out early so I wanted to sublet or assign my part of the lease for the last 3.5 months. I asked our landlord and she said ‘no’. She ‘doesn’t allow subletting’. But our lease says that she can’t deny a sublet without good reason. I told the landlord this but she is sticking with her ‘no’. I’ve tried to do some legal research and it seems that if I find someone who wants to sublet & have them apply (I don’t really know how to apply)- she can deny the the applicant / sublet, but if she denys it with no good reason I can sublet anyways and it then becomes a legal thing. I don’t really know what to do. My roommate isn’t comfortable with me illegally subletting, and she also says she doesn’t want to get involved in legal stuff – since her name is on the lease. I don’t know what to do. Do you know if there is any way to handle this?

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  38. May 04, 2007 at 4:50 pm, Guest said:

    There is a clause in every lease that relates to the owners responsibilities. Read that, it will tell you the steps to take, ie requesting in writing what you need and sending copies to corporate offices. Several attempts and proof that the repairs were not done that in a timely fashion. You cannot withhold rent for work not done, just as apartments cannot refuse to to repairs if the rent is not paid or on time.

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  39. May 04, 2007 at 4:59 pm, Guest said:

    No it is your responsibility to investigate the property, neighborhood, and ask if they do criminal backround checks and what the disqualifiers are. You can however report the offender if he is breaking the law by living too near a school, depending on what state you live in.

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  40. May 04, 2007 at 5:04 pm, Guest said:

    I would request that the landlord puts in writing. It is an amendment to the original contract. He should elaborate that he is releasing from the lease with no penalties or fees to you. It should also state that the deposit will only be held for damages to the unit, not lease break,buyout, or if the new renter falls thru rent until he finds a new prospect.

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  41. May 04, 2007 at 5:09 pm, Guest said:

    You would be bound to the contract. This protects landlords from people reserving a place and then bailing out at the last minute. They have quit marketing the place so that you may have it. You can ask them if there is an addendum that they have that if you cancel 30days before you move in the lease can be nullified. However, they will keep your deposit as part of the cancellation, which is the norm.

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  42. May 04, 2007 at 5:12 pm, Guest said:

    Corporate apartments will. You will have broken your contract and will be held responsable for the rent, lease break fee, late fee, and possibly attorney fees. You would be better off paying that last month and be free and clear. Then you could be sent collections, that will affect credit!

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  43. May 15, 2007 at 2:50 am, Guest said:

    We need to break our lease. We have a $1,400 lease breaking option; however, we can’t pay that all upfront or we can vacate the apartment and we are responsible for the rent until a new tentant can be found. However, we can’t pay rent at two places. We understand that this will go on our credit report, but can they charge us the entire amount of the remaining lease or just the breaking amount if we agree to pay in installments?
    Also, does breaking a lease and eviviction look the same on your report?
    Our cars were hit and vandialize by a drunk driver that lives here and 8 other cars have been broken into and a girl was attacked. We have a 6 week old baby and we really feel unsafe. Is there some way to use that to break the lease?
    The police told the apartment that they need to provide better lighting and get some type of security.
    Thanks

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  44. May 15, 2007 at 10:26 pm, Guest said:

    My boyfriend and I are in the Army, station in Hawaii (Oahu). We’ve been renting the same apt for 1 yr and 8 months. Before I renewed the 1 yr lease, the apt mgmt changed, however the lease format did not. I went to the leasing office to inquire about early termination of my lease (trying to move into a home) and the front desk clerk informed me that I would be required to pay $200 cxl fee and apx $2800 with 28 days of notification. My rent is $1535/month and she said that the total to move out early would be apx $3037. She also gave me a form called “LEASE BUY-OUT AND SETTLEMENT OF TENANTS LIABILITY”. Neither the original lease or the renewal lease mention such a form. Also I could not find any info in my lease about early termination on the tenant’s behalf. If anyone has any info at all on this then please please help us. Thanks, Isila and Cameron.

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  45. May 21, 2007 at 2:14 pm, Guest said:

    My Girlfriend just recently moved into an apartment without doing any investigation on it and now she has problems. stuff isn’t getting fixed and lights around the neighborhood are not on including outside of the building. Her neighbor sexually solicited her and now i’m very mad and want her to break the lease. But she still has not received her copy of her lease after asking for it 10 times already, they keep ignoring her and giving her attitude. please help what can we do?

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  46. May 30, 2007 at 10:29 pm, Guest said:

    I signed a lease in April with my boyfriend and close friend. I now can not stand the city and want to move back home where it is quieter! We don’t move in until August 1st, do we have a chance to break the lease or will there still be consequences because it is 2 months away?

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  47. May 31, 2007 at 5:18 pm, Guest said:

    In California the landlord must provide you with a number or website to research sex offenders in the neighborhood. This should be in the text of your rental agreement or lease.

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  48. June 03, 2007 at 3:49 pm, Guest said:

    back in november my fiance and I rented an apartment together. when we moved in we were told that as long as we paid the rent by the fifth of every month then we would incur any late fees… well last month my fiance went to pay the rent and they told us that we had lost our concession by not paying on or before the third which wasn’t stated anywhere in our lease. when i questioned the new girls in the office they said that that was the way it had always been done but that previous office staff wasn’t enforcing it…There wasn’t any concession addendum in my lease or in the file in the office the ladies have failed to produce anything for me to sign…am i legally obligated by this?

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  49. June 11, 2007 at 5:02 am, Guest said:

    My lease will be up July 4 2007.I just singed a new one on June 8 2007 for one more year.Can I change my mind about the lease?

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  50. July 19, 2007 at 11:04 am, Guest said:

    call the health department to come out and take mold test snd levels

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  51. July 19, 2007 at 2:53 pm, Guest said:

    NJ Girl.

    My boyfriend told me to move out of my parents. So I signed a lease and he cosigned. I still live w/ my mom. We broke up last month and I dont move in till Sept 2. The problem is I don’t have a job. My mom is not able to afford 2 rents. but now that we broke up I do not know what to do. I am still in school and I look like a 13 year old. Every job I go to has turn me down, even with ID. Please someone tell me what I must do.

    Desperate
    Please help!

    Am I liable for the lease if I do not move in.

    Desperate. My mom can’t afford to help me

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  52. July 28, 2007 at 1:13 am, Guest said:

    I am in the same situation. What is the answer to this question?

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  53. August 02, 2007 at 1:33 pm, Guest said:

    No, you signed a binding contract that you must fullfill.

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  54. August 02, 2007 at 1:34 pm, Guest said:

    Ask them to produce any and all documents that give them the right to do this.

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  55. August 02, 2007 at 1:35 pm, Guest said:

    Speak to the LL and you might be able to work something out.

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  56. August 02, 2007 at 1:40 pm, Guest said:

    No, you cannto break the lease for these things. The same as you cannot move-out of your home and expect the mortgage co. to forgo you payments if your home was broken into.

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  57. August 02, 2007 at 1:42 pm, Guest said:

    Don’t bet on it. If you don’t pay the rent they can and will go after you.

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  58. September 08, 2007 at 12:21 pm, Guest said:

    This is my first time living in an apartment complex. The day I moved in the Management Office had may lease ready, but no KEYS! No room keys, mail keys,FOB key or even a parking permit. I moved my belonginngs in by 5pm and a single rooom key was given to me by 7pm… the whole time the door was unlocked. And I had no choice under the circumstances because the security guard declared that she would not unlock the door.
    I have yet to receive a mail key!!! All my bills and regular mail has been sent back to my merchants! Plus I have been asking repeatedly for the key! I have 7 associates “looking” into my situation. Since I pay my bills on time and I have my contact information squared away, I am alright in that aspect. The bill that I am most concerned about is my electricity and water bill. When I asked the company’s name and contact information the Management Office informed me of three names and “don’t worry the company will MAIL you your bill.” I disclosed to this person earlier that I had NO mailbox key! And yes I did reitterate that little fact to her and yet no key.
    Although I have my main room key and now a FOB key, what legal action do I have against this Apartment complex??

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  59. September 22, 2007 at 11:43 am, Guest said:

    My husband and our landlord have been trying to start a business together. My husband had lost his job. The landlord has his name on all the business paperwork. We mentioned to her that we are having a hard time coming up with the rent on one income. My husband said they needed to start working soon so we could pay the rent. Our landlord said don’t worry about the rent until they started working. She came to the house wanting rent money told her we didn’t have it yet, that it would be a couple of months, now she wants to evict us.

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  60. October 10, 2007 at 12:59 pm, Guest said:

    Can I break a lease to buy a house?

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  61. November 05, 2007 at 3:03 pm, Guest said:

    Nope!

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  62. November 10, 2007 at 9:55 am, Guest said:

    Me and 2 of my collage brothers were evicted from our apartment for noise violations 5 months into a 12 month lease. Are we still responsible for paying the remaining 7 months of the lease?

    We were just sent a bill for repairs and for the remainng months payments. What are our rights and responsiblity?

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  63. December 04, 2007 at 10:57 am, Guest said:

    I RECENTLY UNDERWENT MAJOR SURGERY OF MY LUNGS AND HAD PARTIAL REMOVAL. I WAS LIVING IN AN UPSTAIRS APT,I HAD A MONTH AND A 1/2 LEFT ON THE LEASE. MY DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDED NO CLIMBING OF STAIRS AND GAVE A LETTER TO THAT EFFECT. I HAD TO STAY WITH MY DAUGHTER UNTIL THE LUNG HEALS 3 TO 4 WEEKS. WOULD THIS BE SUFFICIENT TO TERMINATE THE REMAINING LEASE ON THE APT?

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  64. January 01, 2008 at 9:18 pm, Guest said:

    my boyfriend and i lease a apartment, he left before the lease was up,is he still liable to pay the rent for the remaining months of the lease,we r both on the lease

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  65. January 02, 2008 at 12:32 pm, Guest said:

    hi im being evicted after being in my house for over 4 yrs now the resone for this is cause the house is falling apart throught no falt of my own the house is full of damp and the floor is falling throught my land lord has give me 8 weeks noties what do i do now as i have 3 children and do i still have to pay the rent for the nexts 8 weeks im going to be hera as its not my falt im haveing to go and will the houseing help me out
    can any one help with theses questions thanks

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  66. January 05, 2008 at 2:07 pm, Guest said:

    It sounds like your landlord hasn’t kept you in your children in a healthy environment as he or she is legally required to. I would consult you local health inspector and check local building codes to see which codes your landlord is violating and what you can do about this.

    Good Luck

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  67. January 08, 2008 at 11:17 pm, Guest said:

    This excerpt is taken directly from the Texas State addendum:
    Resident will not be released from a Lease on grounds of voluntary or involuntary business transfer, marriage, divorce, separation, loss of co-residents, or any other reason.

    I am sure the rules are the same no matter what state you reside in. You both have a contractual obligation to continue paying rent until the lease is up.

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  68. January 17, 2008 at 11:38 pm, Guest said:

    Last month my landlord put an eviction notice on my door for non payment of rent i complained about this knowing that i did pay then the next day she puts another one on my door for a totaly different amount much higher this time then because i am a recipet of hud she proceeds to tell me that my housing has not been paying there portion of my rent come to find out they have been paying then the month of Decembers ends and i am told by the landlords asst that things have been cleared so come jan 15 the land lord put another notice on my door for non payment of rent. When i go to her office she starts to tell me that they never received my payment which would be by money order so what can i do when the land lord claims that they arent the ones who cashed my money orders but the funny thing is there are at least 5 other tenants that i know of that are saying the same thing that she states she never received there payments,but some one has cashed the check or money orders what can we do about this in order not to be locked out of our apartments

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  69. February 05, 2008 at 11:15 am, Guest said:

    I was recently laid off and I am going to move back home because I cannot afford rent anymore.

    My current roommate and I are looking for someone to sub-lease my portion of the rent.

    The landlord said I have to pay a $250 fee to “change my portion of the lease”

    Can he do this? Is there someway I do not have to pay the fee since I was laid-off and moving back in with my parents?

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  70. March 17, 2008 at 7:21 am, Guest said:

    My boyfriend and I share a house that his parents own. we both signed the lease. After a fight he told me that he could have me evicted. How do I know if this is true?

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  71. April 14, 2008 at 9:12 am, Guest said:

    it is impossible for him to evict you. With your name and his name on the lease he is not your landlord he is your roommate and you are both tenants of his patents. You have as much right to be there as he does unless his patents feels otherwise they are the ones with the authority to evict you both.

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  72. April 15, 2008 at 6:04 am, Guest said:

    Keep all receipts and make copies. Take them to court with proof that you made payments by checks or money orders (makesure you have a name on it person or apartment name etc.). Go to the place where you purchased the money order to show proof that it had be cashed. Then tell them you will take them to court. And always write the number of your money order and where you got when you got it and to whom it went to.

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  73. April 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm, Guest said:

    My boyfriend and I live in an apartment together…and lately things have not been going too well. He left me at my mothers, and when I went back to the apartment to see what was going on, he wouldn’t let me in. Fine, so I left. I came back today, planning on doing something really special for him, but apparently the locks have been changed. The landlord said he didn’t have a new key yet. I know he doesn’t want me there right now, but my whole life is there, and I don’t have a place to go. Can he keep me locked out, or do the landlords have to let me in if I return? We’re both paying rent, and we’re common law, been living together for over 2 years.

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  74. May 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm, Guest said:

    The apartment complex that my fiance lives in says they require anyone over 18 to be on the lease. Is this true? I don’t want to be on the lease and they are saying if I don’t sign the app and pay the fee that they will not renew the lease he signed a year ago in June? Is this really a law?

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  75. May 21, 2008 at 11:49 am, Guest said:

    I’m not satisfied with my apartment. I’ve only lived here 3 or so months, but I’m paying 900 a month for a place that is not worth it. I have multiple complaints, they said they’d fix the master shower which was never done. There were problems with my rent last month and they never informed me until I was being evicted. I’m recieving eviction notices for my apartment number but not my name or rent amount. I want to move but dont want the 3 months of rent of have to pay to cancel my lease early. Is there any way I can get out of it with the complaints I have?

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  76. June 02, 2008 at 8:09 am, Guest said:

    My daughter lives in an apartment where her bedroom window leaks leaving a deep puddle on her desk, the sprinkler systems where painted over and 2 months ago someone attempted to bresk in her apartment. the door still has not been fixed. She lives on the third floorand when the window was attempted to be fixed they calked it,which made this a fire hazard. they eventually said they would have to replace the window and the casing. They never did. I am afraid for her safety! she has 2 months left on her lease. Is there any way out?

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  77. June 09, 2008 at 3:48 pm, Guest said:

    I have had problems with my landlord from the first month I moved in. Recently he broke the lock on my apartment because he didnt have his key, and all he needed was to see if the toilet was leaking. That wasnt so bad but the thing that really shocked me was that when he left, he just closed the door while the lock was still broken off so anyone could have entered my apartment…pretty scary!! Would you say that this is a violation of the lease and a reason to move out? Thanks for any help!

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  78. June 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm, Guest said:

    My lease is up this month and I was only recently informed that it would not be renewed.. what will happen when I am not ready to move in ten days..
    also the landlord noticed some damage to the wood floor which i can sand and fix myself but he refused to let me so what about my deposit….

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  79. June 26, 2008 at 4:10 pm, Guest said:

    I am about to break my lease that I have only stayed for 3 months, (it is a year lease) to move back home. The economy is bad here in Fl and we want to find a better life in Al. Inplus, we have a new baby and need to be around a support system…I am trying to find an excuse to tell my landlord instead of telling her the real reason b/c that will not be good enough to break a lease…help!

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  80. July 29, 2008 at 9:13 am, Guest said:

    My cousin moved into her apartment about 4 months ago. She signed a year lease. Her apt has had roaches the entire time. She has spent so much money on products to keep the roaches out and her apts have sprayed numberous times. She is now trying to get out of her lease but doesn’t think it’s fair to pay out her fees of breaking her lease. This apt has not been liveable for her and very embarrassing for her to have company. Not to mention she is terrified of any type of bug. I’ve even seen her cry because of this situation. What should she do?

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  81. August 11, 2008 at 11:45 am, Guest said:

    I live in a VERY secured apartment complex, yet my apartment was broken into along with another on my floor. Is there anything stating I can leave without any penalty if I don’t feel safe??? I live in Georgia.

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  82. September 08, 2008 at 6:33 pm, Guest said:

    Im going thru the same situation right now weve been together for 12 yrs can you let me know how you made out…hes threatening on changing the locks let me know what you found out?

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  83. October 23, 2008 at 6:51 pm, Guest said:

    I illegally sublet my apartment and now I’m in trouble. My roommate and I moved out and found a person who said he would take over our lease, legally, with the apartment complex, which is great. Then he called on a Saturday and said he needed to move in right away or not at all. Desperate to not pay next month’s rent, my roommate and I agreed to let him move his stuff in contingent upon the fact that he pay us a prorate for the month and sign the lease over formally with the office asap. Well now, he has a key to the apartment and won’t pay up. I’m scared to tell the office what’s going on because I don’t want to be penalized for letting him before everything was signed. What can I do?

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  84. October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm, Guest said:

    My apartment complex was recently bought by new management. They sent us all a notice of new rules. One of those rules is that any guests we have must be registered, so to speak, and that we are only allowed two guests at a time. Is that even legal??? I live in Seattle, WA.

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  85. November 10, 2008 at 8:27 pm, Guest said:

    I own a triplex, we need to move back into town and one of these apartments is where we will need to move back into. However, all 3 have yearly leases, is there anyway to have the lease amended so we (the owners) can move in?

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  86. December 04, 2008 at 9:17 pm, Guest said:

    i had just broke my lease to my aprtment 2 months ago and now im getting an bill for forfeit of concession for 750 dollars. what is this bill? and what would happen if i dont pay it?

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  87. December 15, 2008 at 11:53 pm, Guest said:

    i paid a concession for the month of march 2008 for $99. this is stated in my lease.

    my lease started april 1 2008 and will end march 31 2009. It is a 12 month lease.

    Can my landlord make me stay until mar 31 2009 if is is a 12 month contract? because this is actually a 13 month lease.

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  88. January 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm, Guest said:

    First off, if you are in college, you should know that it is not spelled collage. Unless your “brothers” are helping you put together a series of pictures in an artistic way which would be a collage. If the latter case is indeed the one with which you are associated I do sincerely apologize. Noise violations are taken very seriously by landlords. You are creating an atmosphere which is not good for his other renters. Next time be responsible. As for your rights and responsibilities, many landlords do add an “Early Termination Clause.” This allows you to exit the contract early by paying for the months for which the landlord will potentially be unable to fill the vacancy of your apartment. This fee is usually equivalent to 2 or three months worth of rent.

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  89. June 18, 2009 at 8:27 am, Anonymous said:

    I live in st. louis missouri. What are the rules regarding leaving before the lease is up because of being unable to pay?

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  90. June 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm, kathleen Falcone said:

    My husband and I signed a 14 month lease in Dec 2008, we now have bought a home how can we get out of the lease???? We are very desperate new place just sitting there empty. thank, k

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  91. August 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm, adam said:

    I need to get out of a lease in florida. There are two addendums to it, one says If i cancel my lease i have to repay my concession which i expected. The other addendum refers to my handbook, and says that it is part of the lease agreement. In the handbook it says if i cancel my lease i will be charged an insufficient penalty notice or early termination fee. Now My question is, if in the standard part of the lease it says i have to pay my rent until the end of the lease term will I still have to since the two addendums say I have to pay $890.00?

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  92. October 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm, thompson said:

    my wife and i are planning on breaking our lease, due to bouth of our vechicels being broken into are their any penalty that we will suffer

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  93. October 19, 2009 at 10:30 am, Chase said:

    My son signed a lease and before he moved in, he lost his job. Can he get a refund on both the Security deposit and the one month rent when he cancel the lease? The lease is less than 30 days old.

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  94. December 07, 2009 at 3:19 am, Anonymous said:

    Rent Concession ended but Apartment manager still accepted reduced rent.

    We decided to upgrade and move to a larger apartment because with concessions of the street it was cheaper than we were paying for a studio. I had a rent concession and did not realize that the rent concession ended becaus they wrote me a check for 2,000 dollars and I asked why I was owed it. She explained to transfer apartments I needed to repay deposit and the rest was owed to me. She kept insisting, WE moved in different unit same building and I kept paying the reduced rent (with consesions). Manager never looked at my lease and always accepted my reduced rent payment (for 8 months). Now she wants to give me a notice to pay the back late payments for the rent concession. Am I legally bound too?

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  95. April 02, 2011 at 5:46 pm, DANIELLA said:

    I NEED HELP!! I track my credit report monthly and saw a recent transaction of $8,019.00 on my acct. It says the monthly payment of 729.00 WAS paid. However I DID NOT make a purchase through any creditor for this amt. I contacted the # and found out it was my apartment complexes management company. Long story short, the new manager told me that my “lease is like a mortgage and is put on my credit and will go down as I pay it monthly”. I DO NOT ever remember reading this in my lease and have lived in other apts and this has NEVER been the case. CAN MY APARTMENT COMPLEX REPORT ON MY CREDIT AND INSTALLMENT LOAN OF THE FULL AMT OF MY 12 MONTH LEASE?? PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN!

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  97. January 10, 2012 at 2:48 am, Gaye said:

    I am a renter under section 8 and I have to give notice the end of this month Jan 2012, I was planning on trying to stay on another year here. At the end of Nov. 2011, my landlord told me that they were going to make my a subsidized apartment meaning they will not raise the rent should I decide to stay on. So they had me sign this lease saying that the apartment could keep the same amount of rent. My question is,can they do this legally when I already have a lease with them thru the last day of March 2012? Section 8 has to approve any apartments going. I have lost my child support..my son turned 18 and I lost some of my ss disabilty to pay for my medical insurance. I have never been late since I have been on rent and I follow all the rules..but this who;e thing is making me so upset….I have about 4 big medical problems and don’t need the stress. Could you please advice me, if they can have a double lease when I don’t even qualify even with the new apartment amount that they froze? Thank you so much, please get back to me~Gaye

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  98. January 10, 2012 at 2:51 am, Gaye said:

    see above comment

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  99. March 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm, Dez said:

    My sister lives in an apartment with her boyfriend. He decided recently to move in a friend who does not have a job so does not pay rent. Now my sister wants out. Is there a way to get her name off the lease since her bf is breaking contract?

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  100. March 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm, Irritated in San Pablo said:

    i moved into an apartment. I didnt see the apartment I was renting because it wasnt ready so i had to view a model apartment. when i moved in the LL gave me a walk thru sheet to turnin within 2 days regarding any issues with the apartment. Havnt been here a full week, 5 days to be exact. Anyway I notice the fridge leaking from the inside 3 days after move in. I called management who schedule workorder for 2 days later (so of course thats addl days without being able to buy food). Needless to say maintainence did not come and upon closer inspection of the fridge i noticed bugs of some sort living inside the roof of the fridge (on the inside! Freaking DISGUSTING)! The management was apologetic but is willing to replace fridge, but now i turned off completely from apartments. I wanna break lease. Can i with out it going on my credit?

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