How can I break a lease?

Asked by Melanie, Baltimore, MD Wed Oct 17, 2007

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Mlayne, , Baltimore County, MD
Thu Sep 23, 2010
If you have some type of an emergency or hardship the landlord should be willing to make a deal with you regarding the security deposit.
Maybe if you agree to allow him to retain half of the deposit, and explain that you have an emergency situation, that might be enough to reach some type of an agreement. It wouldn't hurt to get another renter in there and simply sublet the space, but if you are in urgent need to move somewhere, explain the situation to your landlord. If you break a lease, you will need to, at the very least, show just cause or hardship if the landlord takes you to court. This does not mean you will be released from the obligations of the lease when and if it reaches this point, but if you have circumstances that are urgent, sometimes people are willing to make allowances- especially in the current economy.
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Bill Wootan's…, , Waldorf, MD
Wed Oct 17, 2007
Careful, a lease is a legal binding document - she easiest way it to TALK to the landlord! Make it a win win, like someone said, try to find someone to fulfill your lease, you may be responsible for the lease amount until a new tenant moves in, up the end of your lease. But honest conservation between you and your landlord is the best way to solve the problem!

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Rachel Pajac…, , Seattle, WA
Wed Oct 17, 2007
Ask your landlord if you can. Offer to find a renter to take your place, and if they say no---do what Sash said
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Alix Myerson, , District of Columbia
Wed Oct 17, 2007
I agree with Mansur that you should refer to your lease contract and possibly seek legal counsel. You might also ask your landlord if they would be okay with YOU finding someone to take over your lease. If you do the work, find another tenant and at no cost or inconvenience to your landlord...maybe things could work out for both of you. Good luck!
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Sash, Home Buyer, New Jersey
Wed Oct 17, 2007
Forget the security amount you've given at the time you signed the lease and you are free.
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