Tenant Terminating Lease Early

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-09-07 20:17:01

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Tenant Terminating Lease Early


A lease agreement is basically a contractual agreement between the landlord and the tenant, allowing the tenant to use the rental property unit in exchange for regular rent payments for a fixed period of time, usually a year. By the time the tenant signs the lease agreement, the tenant agrees to follow on the contract obligation and duration of the lease.

But what happens when a tenant breaks the lease early?

It depends on the landlord-tenant laws in your state and whatever is stated on the lease agreement signed by both landlord and tenant. But in most states, a landlord is allowed to end the lease agreement if a tenant violated any of the rental agreement rules like breaking the lease early.

There are several reasons why tenants sometimes have to end their lease early. Many tenants terminate the lease early which many landlords find it a common reason already for renters to terminate their lease early. It may be due to moving to a different town or state to be closer to a newfound job, dealing with a family crisis, a problem with the rental unit or it could be because of their roommates or purchasing a home.

Now, this is when the tenant needs to coordinate with their landlord. Because there was a lease agreement that both parties already signed and agreed, it is a legal contract that could be a possible ground for eviction. There is a potential consequence that a renter may face for termination of the lease.

If a renter made a breach of contract like failure to pay rent, create damage to the property or violated the rule in the lease it could be grounds for evictions. It will also be considered breaking the lease when a tenant vacates the property before the lease expired.

Common reasons for evictions are:

  • Nonpayment of rent. It is the most common reason why landlords terminate the lease agreement and sometimes resulting in the eviction of their tenant. 
  • Damage to property is one of the reasons why sometimes landlords file an eviction against the tenant. If the damage was done intentionally or due to negligence, tenants may better to voluntarily offer the landlords to fix whatever damaged done. Sometimes, if the security deposit will not be able to cover the damage expenses, some landlords take their issue with their tenant to court to hopefully expect payment of the money tenant owed. 
  • Violation of lease. A landlord sends a Notice of Lease Violation or also known as Quit Notice to advise tenant about the lease condition and to warn to correct the lease violation to avoid the eviction and stays on the rental property.






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