Consumer Protection Law
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Good morning. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you this morning.
Before I answer a bit more detail would be helpful please.
Do you have a written lease currently in effect? If so, when does it expire?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, there is no general right to terminate the lease early unless such a provision is specifically included in the terms of the lease agreement.
You are liable for the rent payments until the end of the lease term or until a new tenant comes in and pays the rent.
You can speak to the landlord and see if you can negotiate a termination with a lump sum payment or you can see if you can sublet the lease to another party.
In any event, if you are able to negotiate an out, make sure you get a release from the landlord. A written agreement may only be modified by another written amendment.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not necessarily a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
Try speaking with the landlord. That is your first step.
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