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Can I Break My Rental Agreement?

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If you are a tenant who is thinking about breaking your lease, this video will help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Before you break your lease, read your written rental agreement carefully. If your rental agreement is for a certain period of time and you leave before your lease is up, you may have to pay rent for the months left in the term.

Your landlord can sue you for rent for the time left in the lease. However, your landlord is required to try and find another tenant, and can only sue you for the months they aren't getting rent.

If you are on a month to month lease, in Georgia, you must give 30 days written notice before you want to leave. If you don’t, your landlord may have the right to sue you or take the money out of your security deposit.

For example, if you only give 10 days notice, you may owe your landlord another 20 days worth of rent, unless they rent the unit to someone else.

There are a few cases where you are allowed to leave without giving notice. There are special exceptions if:
- you are a victim of assault by other tenants or the landlord,
- you are a victim of domestic violence, or
- you are a member of the armed forces who gets an assignment order.

If you need to leave before your lease ends, you can try and negotiate with your landlord to let you leave sooner or ask if they would agree to let you sublease the apartment.

If you can come to an agreement, make sure you get it in writing.

Learn more at GeorgiaLegalAid.org

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