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I’m a VA employee being transferred to another facility. My…

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I’m a VA employee...

I’m a VA employee being transferred to another facility. My landlord won’t allow me to break my lease.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Montana

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?

No. We’ve only been there two months. The VA said I would be there for at least a year but they now say they need me to transfer to another facility due to a medical leave situation of another employee.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Landlord-Tenant
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Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Unfortunately even though you are a governement employee, and the transfer may be unavoidable, you are still bound to the lease contract you signed with your landlord. Any violation of that lease would leave you open to a potential small claims suit from your landlord to recover the money due under the lease.

Does your lease have an early termination clause? Most leases have a standard early termination penalty of 2 months rent.

Another option may be to coordinate a sublease. You'll have to check with your landlord and/ or your lease to find out whether a sublet is permissible under your current lease. Perhaps your landlord will be agreeable, and that would take care of your liability for covering the rent for the duration of the lease.

I hope that helps!

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