What are my legal rightsif I wantto move to a safer apartment complex?

The tires and wheels have been stolen off my car twice in 2 weeks. It has cost us $1000 and insurance took care of the rest. The landlord says our only option is to buy out, which is $912 (2 months rent). Is this grounds for breaking that agreement?

Asked on December 14, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Missouri


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord knew that the rental that you have was in an unsafe are and did not disclose this material fact to you before you signed the lease, then you may have a basis for cancelling your lease without recourse.

However, if this is not the case, the mere fact that there was a theft of your personal property does not in and of itself give grounds for you to cancel your lease without recourse. One possibility to not pay the buy out of $912.00 wanted by the landlord is to sublease the unit to another person for the duration of the term left on the lease you have.

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