For one reason or another, sometimes tenants are unable to fully adhere to the term limit of their lease agreement. Some factors include, but are not limited to, relocation due to work, financial difficulties, inhabitability of the premises and/or deciding to move in with your significant other.
Once a lease agreement is executed by you and your landlord, inclusive of the payment of a deposit and/or months of rent in advance, you are most times responsible for the entire amount owed for the term of the agreement. All states have different laws when it comes to the execution of a lease agreement, what constitutes a “legal” apartment and also how and when your security deposit must be paid back, so be cognizant of your state statutes.
If you should ever find yourself in a predicament where you may have to break your lease, here are four tips to assist:
1) READ YOUR LEASE
Before you sign the lease agreement, please read it. If you do not understand the terms of the lease agreement, ask questions. Who is responsible for extermination services? On what day will rent be considered late? Am I able to sublet the apartment? After I move, when will I get my security deposit back? These are a few questions you should ask if you can’t ascertain the answers from reading the lease on your own. Many people do not have the money and/or resources to hire an attorney to review a residential lease agreement, so don’t feel bad if you have to Google some preliminary information to understand exactly what you are signing. 9 times out of 10 there is language within the lease agreement that defines the notice you are required to give to your landlord prior to moving out of the premises. Also, the lease will explain if there are any penalties or potential legal ramifications should you decide to move prior to the end of your lease.
If you are relocating due to a new work opportunity in another city, inform your new employer of your lease agreement and ask them to cover the costs associated with breaking the lease. This may include payment of the remaining months left on the lease, or it may just require payment of a penalty. Additionally, you should negotiate with your landlord. Ask your landlord (in writing), for permission to seek a tenant to take over the remainder of your lease. This can be an outright new lease without you being on the hook should the new tenant not pay, or it may be via a sublease agreement where you will still be liable should the new tenant not pay or adhere to the terms of the lease.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"