Breaking a Lease With Minimal or No Damage
- Check for Breach of Contract. As part of the lease, landlords agree to maintain the property and provide a safe, healthy environment.
- Look for an Early Termination Clause.
- Beg for Mercy.
- Pay Off the Lease Balance Over Time.
- Forfeit Your Security Deposit.
- Find a Short-Term Renter.
What happens if you break a rental lease?
Your deposit: What happens if you break a lease. If you break the lease, you may owe damages to the landlord. Some tenants mistakenly believe that the deposit can be used in place of the last month’s lease. Read the lease.
Can I break my lease if I have to move for work?
A lease is a legal and binding contract between you and your landlord. If you need to relocate for a job, review your lease carefully to find any “escape” clauses or conditions that would allow you to break it with minimal consequences. Typically, you can’t break a lease just because you need to move for a new job.
Can you get out of a rental lease early?
Find out what landlords can (and can’t) do when tenants leave before the end of their lease. A lease is a written agreement for the rental of a property for a fixed amount of time—typically one year. When the fixed amount of time (the “term” of the lease) is over, the lease ends.
What’s the cost of breaking a lease?
The landlord can charge you for the difference in price if they weren’t able to rent it at the original price. For example, if you signed a lease for $800/mo, and they re-rented the property for $700/mo for a year, then you could end up being asked to pay $1200, the difference in price.
Does breaking a lease hurt your credit?
An apartment lease is not a mortgage, so your landlord doesn’t report payment activity to the credit bureaus. But if you break your lease, that can trigger a mark on your credit history, much like a delinquent loan would. This could affect your credit score because all judgments are entered into public record.
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