Getting out of a lease

My landlord at an apartment complex is
not allowing us to get out of our lease
expires May 2018 even thou we have
found new renters for the Apartment.
Is this legal in Wisconsin?
Also, the apartment complex just let my
friend that lives there
Move out and had a new renter
Move in a mutual friend and their
lease didn’t expire until April 2018?
How can that

Thank you,

Asked on September 21, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The lease is a contract: to modify the contract or get out of your obligations under it requires the consent of both parties to the contract (i.e. it requires your landlord's agreement), and such consent may be freely withheld. Regardless of what they have done in other cases, in your case, the landord could agree to not let you out of your lease.
However, unless the lease specifically prohibits subletting, you could sublet to the new renters. They will rent from you and pay you rent; you will still be liable to the landlord for the rent due from you under the lease.

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