Can my landlord agency make me pay rent until my lease is over or until it gets re rented, even though it wasn’t specified in my lease agreement?

I signed a 1 year contract. I wasn’t comfortable at my new rental home after 3 months. I informed my renting agency and they told me I need to keep paying rent until the end of my lease or until they get it re-rented. But the thing is, it doesn’t say this in my lease agreement. So can they make me keep paying for rent?

Asked on July 18, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Mexico


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

When you sign a one-year lease or contract, you are obligated for the rent for that entire period, or if you move out early (breaking the lease) until the unit is re-rented, whichever comes first. Leases do not need to specifically say this--by definition, signing a one-year lease obligates you for a year. So from what you write, they could make you pay rent in this situation.

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