Looking to terminate my lease 5 months early. contracts says i have to do 3 open houses. Landlord wants to do many more. What are my rights? Thanks

Asked by Carla Combredet, 85239 Mon Oct 11, 2010

i have a 3 month security deposit. I signed a 1 year extension to my lease in May2010. Looking to early terminate my contract in December 2010. My landlord says she has the right to have 2 open houses per week for October, November and December as she is looking to sell the property, otherwise i will lose my deposit. I am thinking in not paying her the last 2 months of the contract but i don t want her to evict me of the property. I live in Los Angeles.

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Bea Lueck, Agent, Casa Grande, AZ
Tue Oct 12, 2010
Good Day Carla
The best advice I can give is to talk with an attorney regarding your specific situation. You state you live in Los Angeles but posted the question in Maricopa, AZ. The rules vary from state to state.
Here are some links to helpful information from the State of Arizona if you are in AZ.
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Dp2, , Virginia
Tue Oct 12, 2010
You should probably have an attorney review your lease.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Oct 12, 2010
Carla you should first check to see what the laws are in AZ regarding security deposits, it is different from state to state. Here in NH the landlord can only collect the 1st months rent and 1 months security deposit, collecting a last months rent, a pet deposit or 3 months security is not allowed here in NH. you can simply google AZ landlord tenant law security deposit.

As far as breaking the lease, i dont know about madating the tenant complete an open house, maybe allowing the landlord to complete a open house... but you need to check the specific language, does it allow you to give a 30 day, 60 day or 90 day notice to move out? If in doubt use your free first meeting with an attorney to get some direction.
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Greg Urroz, , Phoenix, AZ
Tue Oct 12, 2010
If the property is in Arizona the owner has a right to access the property with a 48 hour notice. You said you live in Los Angeles, if the home is in California the laws are different. When you are trying to brake a lease it is best to cooperate with the owner to protect your security deposit. Good luck.
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Jeffrey Masi…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Mon Oct 11, 2010
Dear Carla:

Sorry to hear about your issue.

Your lease contract should specifically address the issues revolving around an early lease termination by you. Since, I do not have the contract cannot know what it says. However, I recommend that you read it. Consider asking your attorney for advice.

You can review the "tenant bill of rights" at The Arizona Department of Real Estate website or ask your Realtor for a copy. If you need a copy of the bill of rights, let me know.

Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land
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