How can I break my lease without fees?

My landlord said I could only break my lease without fees if I lost my job. Well I lost my job. Since my husband is military they aren’t letting me break it without fees. My husband is deployed to Afghanistan and I do not have power of attorney. What do I do? I can’t afford this and it will put me in debt.

Asked on December 24, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Many of the states have enacted certain rules regarding the breaking of a lease when a person is deployed, but if you stayed on after deployment then you would most likely be subject to the general contract rules in your state.  But I would definitely double check.  It is unclear why your landlord would go back on his word just because your husband is in the military.  You should speak with an attorney or with anyone associated with the military that can help you at this time.  You may have to negotiate with your landlord on this one to have them allow you to break the lease.  Bring a copy of it with you when you go to get help.  Good luck.

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