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Importance of a paper trail no matter where you are

Posted by Dawn on November 16, 2000 at 14:20:10:

In Reply to: Breaking A 1 Yr lease posted by Sabrina on November 16, 2000 at 12:02:27:

Did you get a police report written up? I am not familiar with the laws in Texas, but perhaps a paper trail works well here, in this case as well. Check your lease. The lease is an agreement that you agreed to pay the landlord for that year. But if you present to him, and give him, oh, 30 or 60 days notice so he can find someone, and maybe, possibly, on your side, just in case the landlord drags his feet about finding someone to take the apt., line up another responsible, paying candidate to take the apartment, and present this person to the landlord, then you could also get your security back. As long as you stay on good terms, polite with the landlord and such and accomodate when he comes with people to check the place out, then it's possible to get out of your lease, I think. If he decides to play hardball, make copies of everything, keep originals of lease and police reports to a bank safety deposit box) and give the xerox copies to the landlord, with a letter send certified or Fed Ex politely in a brief one page note pointing out your concerns for your safety, your child's, and the damages to your car (include receipts too). Only push to sue him for damages if he doesn't let you go from the lease. By including the tickets and police reports, it's implied that he could be sued for damages and he won't want that, because that means he has to pay, so it's quite likely he'll let you go. But don't mention the sue part in your letter. Be polite and address you're a good tenant and concerned about your safety and your child and cannot stay here, hence his 30 day or 60 day notice. Good luck.

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