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I broke a lease by 16 days. I got a doctors note I am sick

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I broke a lease by 16 days. I got a doctors note I am sick and cant work. So I had to move. They charged me for the 16 days out of my security deposit. 1951.2 and 1951.4 are there break lease codes. I have Crohns and can not work my temp disability ran out and am fighting permnament disability. So I am truly sick and gave them proof. Do I have a good case to fight for my money back for the 16 days? I live in Ventura, CA Thank you.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 7 years ago.

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am one of JustAnswer's attorneys. I'll be helping you resolve your matter today.

I'll be honest - no. Personal disability, i.e. inability to earn income does NOT release you from your contract. It's not fair, but it's the law right now. Your best bet is to come to some kind of an agreement with a amount that is not the full thing if they agree not to litigate. Also keep in mind, even if they get a judgment, collection is a whole another matter. Also, if the apartment was really bad, i.e. hard to live in due to landlord negligence, you may have an out - let me know if that was the case.

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