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FAQ: What can I do to terminate the lease? What penalties are involved?

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FAQ: What can I do to terminate the lease? What penalties are involved?

My lease is not up for another six months. I am being transferred by my employer. What can I do to terminate the lease? What penalties are involved?  

The answer to this question will be found in your lease. Generally, a tenant is not allowed to terminate their lease because they are transferred by their employer or because they are purchasing a home. First, read the lease carefully. Your ability to get out of the lease depends on the language of your lease and the willingness of the landlord to allow you to terminate the lease early. There may be a provision which allows you to terminate prior to the lease's expiration. If so, you will need to follow the terms of that lease provision. For example, you may be required to give a thirty (30) day notice and forfeit your security deposit. Some leases impose additional penalties for early termination and require longer notice periods. You are responsible for paying rent during the notice period. Your lease is not terminated until the notice period expires and you vacate the property.

Last Review and Update: Jul 25, 2011