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No early termination clause in lease, and nothing saying I’m responsible for remainder if I break?

I am trying to get out of a lease in PA due to financial difficulties out of my control (prospective employer of my husband backed out last minute, and we moved based on the attainment of that position). I can’t afford it alone,.do I was honest with my landlord and emailed him, as well as looked over my lease again. My landlord had not replied yet, but I was wondering…

There’s no early termination clause in my lease, no notice necessary was given in lease, nothing staying we are responsible for finding another tenant or responsible for the entire term of the lease. It does state we cannot abandon the home, or then we would be responsible, but I wouldn’t just up and leave anyway. Is there anything implied?

Also, I do work full time, and we have 2 kids so it’s not like I just don’t want to live there or not work. It’s that we cannot afford it if he’s not working, and he was told a start date for the first week of January, only to be told they no longer needed him. It was a job he worked at previously as well. Now it is March, and we have used all of our extra monies and he had not secured a position yet. Though this is not my landlords fault at all, I still can’t make that decision to either feed my kids or pay utilities (we pay all utilities). We already have cut back on everything, I’m trying to get our auto loan refinanced, we only spend $ 100 weekly on groceries, if that; we only have one TV, we don’t eat out much; we cut and style our own hair, I just don’t have any extra money.

Thanks and please don’t say “I signed a contract.” I already know and am trying to break it with as little pain and consequences as possible for both me and the landlord.
Thanks all… I guess I will figure this out some way, whether it be in or out.

...asked on April 18th, 2013 @ 2:40 am in Refinancing

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Most landlords require 30-60 days written notice while you continue paying rent. You are then charged 2-3 months rent plus administrative fees in one lump sum as penalty for breaking the lease early. This information is not listed as a clause in the lease because it’s subject to change. I would not expect your landlord to reply to your email at all. This type of thing needs to be handled in person. It’s possible that your landlord will agree to a payment plan, however you should discuss this in person.

...answered by Heather on April 18, 2013 @ 2:47 am


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“No early termination clause” means there is there is none, that you owe the entire lease, if you live there or not.

...answered by Landlord on April 18, 2013 @ 3:09 am


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If it doesn’t say anything specific, you refer to state law. That will dictate what the LL can charge you. At minimum it is rent until a new tenant is found.

...answered by the kid on April 18, 2013 @ 4:07 am


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Absent any contractual provision for an early termination, you are simply bound to the terms of the lease which you signed. You have NO rights to claim minimal penalty for early termination. You can only work with the landlord hoping that he will work with you to minimize your potential financial losses. Understand that your lease contract need not indicate that you are responsible for the duration of the contract. That is implied under contract law.

You need to do your best to help find a qualified replacement tenant. Doing so will encourage the landlord to help with early termination.

...answered by acermill on April 18, 2013 @ 4:48 am


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