Posted by dennis on September 28, 2001 at 01:45:13:
In Reply to: Regarding harressment by housing management to renter posted by Ashish Jain on September 28, 2001 at 01:01:34:
: I rented an apt on one year lease.
: but my employer changed my job site, so I had to move out to different state.
: I was forced to break the lease.
: Now in lease agreement, it's written that i have to give two month's prior notice and plus I have to give two months equivalent rent as lease breaking amount.
: I had to leave the apt with in few days so that i can join my new job site. Therefore I couldn't give two month's notice.
: Now my housing agency claiming from me FOUR months of rent (two month notice rent + lease breaking amout).
: Moreover after I moved out, they rented my apt to new tenant after one week.
: I feel, very cheated here on two grounds.
: 1. Why I need to pay both type of amount, i.e. two months notice also and two month of rent for lease breaking.
: 2. If the same apt was rented just after one week, i moved out, then I should be paying money only for period, for which apartment was empty.
: Please advice me as soon as possible.
: What are my rights?
: Also without sending me any debt claim settlement document to me, they have forwarded my case to debt collector which is making repeated calls to me in my work office.
: Housing agency is VIRGINIA state based.
: And debt collector is MARYLAND state based company.
: Ashish Jain
don't think you have any recourse about the 'lease breakage' fee, but i think the 2-month notice is where you may have a way out. the notice is usually used by landlords to advertise/show/re-lease the apartment, and you didn't give that, but, the landlord suffered no damages (loss of rent) except for the one week there was no tenant, so, i agree with you on #2. i would consult with a landlord/tenant attorney in whatever the jurisdiction of the apartment was, and see what your obligations are in this case.
did you have a security deposit? and what happened to that?
did you receive a statement from your landlord regarding its disposition in a 'timely' manner(usually 30 days)?
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