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I signed a lease renewal that starts December 1, but my current

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I signed a lease renewal that starts December 1, but my current lease hasn't expired yet. I lost my job and now cannot pay the new rent/lease starting December. My new lease has not "officially" started, so does this fall in the category of breaking my lease?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  LawGirl replied 6 years ago.

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry to hear about your job loss.

Yes, if you try to get out of your signed lease, you will be breaking your lease.

To the extent that you landlord lets you out, you may be able to get out without penalty. However, even if the lease has not started, if the lease does not allow for you to break it, you may be held responsible for the lease until your landlord is able to rent the place to another tenant.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for your answer. I just reviewed my lease renewal document and there seems to be a major misstatement.

My new lease is supposed to commence on December 1, 2010, yet the lease renewal I signed states the lease commencement date is December 2011.

Does this make the lease I signed null and void? I can attach a PDF of the renewal so that you can view the doc. Please let me know ASAP, as I will send immediately.