How to Walk Away From Your Apartment Lease

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Walking away from your apartment lease before the end of your agreement has serious consequences. Landlords depend on the income from your monthly rent, and terminating a lease early impacts their bottom dollar. For this reason, you can expect your landlord to take legal action in order to recover the lost income. But, if you can't remain in your lease due to reasons beyond your control, consider ways to walk away and possibly avoid legal repercussions.

  • Ask for a little leeway. The rental history you have with your landlord can influence his decision to give you leeway and let you out of the lease without penalty. Provide a valid reason for walking away such as loss of employment, moving to another state or your plans to purchase a home.

  • Check your rental agreement to see if you have just cause for breaking the lease. Landlords are to provide a safe, habitual environment and failure to do so is breach of contract. Ask your landlord to terminate the lease without penalty if there are signs of mold, insect problems or faulty appliances.

  • Beseech the landlord to advertise for new tenants for your place. Replacing lost income by finding a new tenant may persuade a landlord to allow you to walk away from your apartment. Give ample notice and stay in the apartment until someone else takes over the lease.

  • Use your wallet to persuade the landlord. Fulfill your end of the agreement by paying off the remaining lease balance in lieu of early termination. Put everything in writing as proof of the agreement between you and the landlord. Make a copy of the check written to pay off the lease balance.

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