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We discussed breaking a lease with our new landlord because

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We discussed breaking a lease with our new landlord because of black mold. We signed the lease 7 days ago. When we spoke in person he said he would rewrite a contract for two months, where we would continue paying the rent, while he looks for a new tenant. Then he emailed us a couple hours later saying he wants all the money upfront, and he will keep it regardless of whether he finds tenants or not. And that we have to pay utilities and we have to turn our keys in now. Is this ok to do? I don't understand how we would be responsible for utilities for an apartment we don't have access to. And the utilities aren't even under our names, they're under the landlords.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 2 years ago.
Hello, not liable for utilities or rent given mold conditions.
Premises not habitable and dangerous. You could claim for health expenses.
You have a few options. Let me outline them. You can pursue a complaint in civil court. You may sue for losses suffered plus costs and interest. You can also file a complaint with the attorney general office. You can threaten these options before pursuing and use for leverage. local counsel can also get involved! and are both excellent lookup directories. Both highly rated. Both used by lawyers. Easy to search and find local options. Good luck. Kindly rate the answer OK or higher.

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