In need of guidance/advice:
On March 29th 2012 I signed a 2 year lease for our rental home in Gainesville Va. When I signed the lease I added an addendum under “transfer of tenant” that was in regards XXXXX XXXXX termination of lease stating “to a place of employment (healthcare facility) or graduate academic program that increases the commute to an unreasonable and unmanageable length of time”. Now 1.5 years into the 2 year lease, I was accepted to XXXXX XXXXX University and begin in August. I gave a 30 day notice, and explained the reason why my notice was not 60 days, as I was awaiting acceptance letters from various programs. There is a clause below which states that the penalty for early termination is 1 months rent if the contract is terminated within 6 months of occupancy, and ½ months rent if it is terminated after 6 months. The property manager is sue happy and states that our penalty will be a full months rent plus any rent up until a new tenant moves in. I have already been advertising the home and have 5 highly interested future tenants, but the property manager states the home owner still has not signed the appropriate paperwork to get the property “back on the market”. Also the homeowner
is “considering putting in new flooring”, and I anticipate they are going to wait until we move out, and then start remodeling the home (in no way connected to any damages
we caused), and then try to charge us rent for the home while they complete work on the property to increase the property value and therefore increase the rent for the next tenant. When I approached the property manager regarding the clause I added regarding the “graduate program” she states that the home owner never accepted that clause and crossed it out, however, my real estate
agent at the time states she was never told that they had refused or rejected my clause. My real estate agent when I signed the lease knew that I needed a potential lease escape in case I started my graduate school during my 2 year lease. The property manager states there is no “wiggle or negotiation here” and threatens that if I don’t pay the full months rent fine, plus rent until the next tenant moves in, then she will pursue “lawyer fees, and wage garnishments”. They are using lawsuits as a bully tactic, and I need advice.