If I Don't Like The Apartment Or The Area, Can I Break The Lease Or Just Move Out? What Happens If I Do?

A lease agreement is a legally binding contract under which the tenant is liable for all rent due through the termination date of that contract. If a tenant breaks the rental agreement before the termination date, the landlord can claim damages for loss of rental income, readvertising, redecorating, reasonable attorney fees, or other expenses caused by your breach of the contract. If you must break the contract, discuss it with the landlord to find if a reasonable cost can be agreed; get it in writing and signed by both parties so there is no misunderstanding at a later date.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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