If your lease agreement says the lease is until the end of May, you are supposed to pay through the end of May so it is more than fair of your landlord to offer to split the last month with you. It sounds like a good deal to me!
You signed a lease that obligates you to pay a full 12 month's worth of rent. He's "throwing you a bone" and letting you off with only half a month's "if" he can't find someone to rent it.
Because you are moving earlier doesn't allow you to break the terms of a lease. I would be happy he isn't demanding a full month's rent for May, as it's well within his right to do.
It is hard to give advise when we don't know what's on the lease agreement. You need to know what that says. He may be giving you a great deal, but check it out.
Joan Patterson, B.A., G.R.I., Realtor, License #01431647
Keller Williams Realty
It truly all depends on what was written in the lease. Our standard lease in NJ would state that you are responsible for any damages to the landlord if you were to terminate the lease earlier than the agreed-upon date. However, the landlord has to do everything in their power to mitigate their loss. Only asking for half of your monthly rent is, I believe, a fair compromise as in NJ you would be responsible for the entire time, or a full month, if you left a month early.
Good luck with your new Job!
First two things... Congratulations on the new job and I must note that I'm answering this question without reviewing your lease agreement. You may wish to consult an attorney with your lease in hand to get the most accurate answer to your question.
Having said that, I'd pose the reverse question to you. If your landlord were to find a new tenant he wanted to move in to your apartment one month earlier than your agreement stipulated, would it be fair for him to ask you to leave?
My guess is we'd both agree the answer is no. However if he found you a better apartment to move into a month earlier (at say lower rent, in a better part of town) you may be happy to oblige.
It seems your landlord has offered you a fair compromise to your situation. It may not be ideal for you, but perhaps with some additional effort on your part finding a replacement tenant, or a temporary subtenant (friend) who'd like to stay in your place for a month over the summer, you may achieve your goal.
Best of luck!
Allan S. Glass
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