How do I get out of a lease?

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How do I get out of a lease?

I’m in an apartment building. Me and one of my roommates got into a really serious argument. I told the community manager of the apartment building that I wanted to be remove from the apartment before I do something that would get me in a lot of trouble for. She told me that there’s no rooms available for me to move and that if I wanted to leave the apartment building, I would have to find someone to take over the lease. I know they can relieve me of the lease but they don’t want to that.

Asked on September 30, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot get out of a lease due to an argument with, or even threats from, your roomate: that is between you and your roommate, and the landlord is not responsible for the issues between the two of you. Remember, a lease is a contract; a party can only get out of a contract if the party on the other side of it--in this case, the landlord--breaches or violates the contract in some material, or important, way, such as by not providing you a habitable place to live, interfering with your use of your rental, etc. But actions by other people, including a roommate (i.e. someone else on your "side" of the lease/contract) does not represent a breach of contract and does not require the landlord to let you out of it.


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