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


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.

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