Early Termination of Lease Agreement Forms
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Lease Termination - How to Break a Lease
How to break a lease isn't difficult, as long as you have a proper reason and follow the correct legal rules.
Getting Out of a Lease
To get out of a lease there are some things you need to understand. How to terminate a lease early, such as the number of days notice required and where to send a termination of lease letter, will be governed by the early termination terms in the lease contract. If you don't have a lease contract, or it doesn't address termination of tenancy, then the landlord and tenant laws of the state, which vary by state, will apply. Fortunately, you don't need to be a landlord tenant law expert, since US Legal Forms offers forms for lease cancellation that are state-specific, and you can find free law summaries on our site. Simply fill out the notice of termination and deliver it in the time frame specified.
Breaking a lease must be done for certain reasons to be legally enforceable. A tenant who doesn't end a lease properly can be held responsible for rent for the remainder of the lease term. A landlord who doesn't terminate the lease properly can also be forced to pay damages to the tenant. The following tips should be followed before ending a lease:
- A tenant must show the landlord's duties were breached, such as a failure to provide essential services like heat, electricity, or water. Conditions on the rental property that make it uninhabitable or unsafe can also justify a rental termination.
- It's best for a tenant to first give the landlord a written notice asking for the conditions to be repaired. If the landlord fails to remedy the problem in a reasonable time, the decision to end a lease agreement is more likely to be deemed justified, since the landlord failed to act after getting notice of the problem.
- A lease to lease rental property is most often terminated by a landlord due to failure to pay rent timely. However, damage beyond typical wear and tear, or tenant conduct that's considered a legal nuisance or criminal activity, are also often reasons to terminate a lease agreement. This may include domestic violence or drug use on the property. A violation of the rules in the lease agreement, such as unauthorized pets or guests, may be reasons to terminate a tenancy as well. The landlord must send a written notice of termination within the time period specified in the lease contract or under state law if there are no terms in the lease agreement for early termination.
If you're looking to end lease agreements early, we offer a vast selection of affordable. state-specific forms that have been professionally drafted and regularly updated to comply with the landlord and tenant law in your state.