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lease termination fee

Posted by Alison on November 15, 1998 at 22:12:41:

When signing the lease for our apartment our landlord told us, verbally, that if we were to have a job transfer or buy a house than those were the onlyh two things that would release us from paying the $450 termination fee set in our contract if we wanted to break our lease. Being that I work at home, and that I in no way thought that I would be buying a house in a year I was not concerned that this wasn't in writing. Well, it turns out ten months later I bought a house, and now my landlord is saying they never made that statement and I must pay the $450 term fee. Is there any way out of this? Is there any law or rights for tenants that buy a home and need to get out of their lease without paying ridiculous fees? By the way, they were able to release the apartment before we left, and we payed the rent when the apartment was vacant, per the lease agreement.

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