How can I get out of a lease without incurring damage to my renters credit. And could they come after rent on the rest of the lease?

Its a 2400 a month house with only myself and my roommate. I was laid off and we just want out. Lease is til November.

Asked on May 16, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Utah

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

This is an unfortunate situation and is common in the economy.  Many landlords are willing to work with their tenants as a result of job loss.  I suggest having a face to face with the porperty manager/landlord and discussing the situation and provide him with a plan of your ability to start making payments again when you secure new employment.  You may be able to put something in writing saying that you can get a few months free and then begin paying at a new reduced rate.  you never know unless you ask.  If you walk away without paying the landlord can sue you and if he gets a judgment it will affect your credit.  Make the phone call to set up the meeting.  If you want to move, ask to pay a reduced rate to get out of the lease, unless the lease has a provision for that.


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