How to Break a Lease Without Getting Sued


Breaking a house or apartment lease has potential consequences such as being sued by your landlord. The judge handling your case will likely order you to pay the landlord and include a negative remark on your credit report. Breaking a lease could reduce your credit score by 50 points, according to Bankrate. Instead of walking away from the lease agreement early, use methods to decrease the likelihood of being sued.

Read your lease agreement to see if it includes a buyout clause. A buyout clause allows you to pay a certain amount in lieu of early release from your rental agreement.

Ask your landlord to accept monthly payments until he finds a new tenant. If you're relocating for employment reasons or if you plan on buying a house, ask your landlord for permission to break your lease early if and when he finds someone to take over the lease.

Satisfy the lease balance to avoid consequences. Stay on good terms with your landlord and avert a court case by paying off the lease balance before vacating the property.

Sublease your apartment to avoid a lawsuit. If your landlord does not allow early release, sublease the unit to avoid breaking the agreement early. You'll find a tenant for the apartment, and she'll cover the monthly rental costs once you move.

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