Can I get out of my lease without being sued?

My lease has a termination clause stating that regardless of cause, its a breach of contract to move out early and will forfeit security deposits. Is this all I’m required to pay or lose if I terminate the lease early?

Asked on July 3, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Mississippi

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Generally, if you move out early without good cause (e.g. the premises are uninhabitable), you can be held liable for the full remaining rent due under the lease. For example, if you move out 5 months early, you could be held liable for 5 months of rent. A lease can provide that the tenant would instead only give up the security deposit; whether that is the case here depends on the precise or exact language of the lease. If in doubt about what  the lease sayd, bring it to an attorney to review with you.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.