Can I legally break my lease if my house was broken into and belongings stolen?

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Can I legally break my lease if my house was broken into and belongings stolen?

I came home to 2 locked doors as how I left them; no sign of forced entry. Yet all my belongings/electronics were gone. When the police looked around we noticed that the back window does not have any type of lock whatsoever. We figure that is how the thieves entered. Well it’s been 3 days since and landlord only put in a screw to the window and said, “You know in the summertime you will not be able to open this”. Anyway, my son and I are terrified and I do not even want to purchase more items in fear they will be stolen again.

Asked on November 26, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

Answers:

eric redman / Redman Ludwig, P.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

that is not enough to justify breaking your lease.  make it secure and try to sticck it mout till the end of lease.  if you break the lease you will owe the remaining rent- most likley.  bankruptcy would eliminate that debt if needed.


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