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Getting Out of Your Apartment Lease

By Tiffany Raiford

When you sign a lease for an apartment or rental home in Connecticut, you certainly don't expect to wake up one morning and decide it's time to break your lease. However, life happens. Perhaps the home or apartment you've rented is not what was advertised to you. Maybe your job has transferred you and you need to move immediately. There are a number of life events that might require you to move suddenly, and breaking your lease becomes necessary.

Breach of Contract

One way to get out of your lease early without penalization in Connecticut is if you can prove that you signed a false lease statement. For example, if you signed a lease that states that you can have an animal in the house but your landlord suddenly decides he doesn't want animals in his house, you can legally break the lease. Essentially, if you can legally prove that there is false information in the lease agreement that you signed, you may be able to get out of your lease without penalty (i.e. forfeiting your deposit).

Job Transfers or Illness

Getting out of your lease early for a job transfer or illness that requires you make a big move might be grounds for talking to your landlord. In some cases, your landlord might ask for medical records or employment records that state what you're saying is true. If this is the case, your landlord might have some sympathy and let you out of the lease early. While most will not allow this without some sort of penalty, such as your deposit, it is worth a try.

If you can get your landlord to agree to let you out of the lease early, you can terminate the legality of it with a written, signed and notarized contract that states the terms of your agreement. It's simple and straightforward.

Forfeiture of Money

A lease is a legally binding contract. If your landlord is not willing to work with you to strike up a deal that allows you to break your lease without paying the remainder of your rent, you might simply have to continue to pay the rent. However, if you can talk him into it, you might be able to sign a contract that states that while you will not be living in the home for the remainder of your lease, you'll continue to pay the rent until a new tenant moves in, at which point you will no longer be considered responsible for paying your landlord because your contract is broken.

Getting out of a lease is not simple. The only way to do it legally and without penalty is to prove an issue with the lease contract. However, talking to your landlord is always an option. It might work; it might not work. You won't know until you ask.

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