How to Break a Lease Due to Job Relocation

Securing a new job and moving to a different state may warrant breaking your existing lease agreement. Getting out of a lease can have serious consequences. Your landlord can file a civil lawsuit against you for breach of contract, and this can result in a judgment on your credit report. Staying until the end of your lease is one way to avoid credit damage, but if staying long-term isn't an option, you can possibly negotiate an early termination.


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      Check for clauses that permit breaking a lease early. The landlord may have included within the lease agreement justifiable reasons for breaking a lease without penalty. Read your agreement, and check for clauses that might allow you to break the lease for job relocation.

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      Discuss the matter with your landlord. The landlord may display an understanding attitude upon learning that you're walking away from the lease for job reasons and allow early termination without consequences. Talk to your landlord as soon as possible and give ample notice.

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      Take advantage of buy-out clauses in your lease contract. Pay the money due on the remaining lease balance to leave the apartment early without penalty.

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      Give notice and then agree to stay until a new tenant signs the lease agreement. Be understanding, and give your landlord time to look for and sign new tenants.

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      Sublet the unit yourself to avoid penalty. Ask someone you trust to move into your apartment short-term or until the end of your existing lease term. They'll pay the rent to you, and you will then forward payments to your landlord.

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