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Question re California rental property tenant breaking leaseA tenant is three months into her one year lease and wants to break it due to family emergency.
1) What are the rule and regulations in California?
2) I’m okay to charge her 85% of re-letting fee, let her go and find a new tenant
3) If she were to find a tenant to replace her remaining lease, do I have to stick with the old lease and just change the tenant’s name? Or, can I start a new lease with that new tenant?
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Hi Harry. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed California attorney. I would be happy to provide assistance. Please keep in mind that our conversation does not include an attorney-client relationship and this is for general information purposes only.

Answer: The tenant is still legally liable for the full term of the lease, however you are required to take reasonable steps to find a replacement tenant. The current tenant would only pay for the amount of time that the rental unit is vacant. You may start a new lease with the new tenant and regardless if you increase the rent, the tenant is still liable for any time that the rental is left vacant. The current tenant is also liable for reasonable expenses of re-renting the property, such as advertising costs.

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