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breaking lease

Posted by help on January 10, 1999 at 14:38:11:

I signed a year-long lease in July of 1998 for a condo in CT. In October, I accepted a job offer out-of-state and notified the landlord that I would be moving in Nov and needed to break the lease (he lives in CA and the property is managed by a local realtor). He said that was fine as long as the unit was rented again.

It was not rented by the end of November and I paid December's rent, even though I was no longer living there. It is now January, I did not pay January's rent, and the landlord is threatening "legal action." He still has my $2000 security deposit. I absolutely cannot afford to continue to pay rent while maintaining a new residence in another state. I find it strange it has not rented: it is in a high-demand area (Bridgeport-New Haven corridor).

I read on a realtor's web page that landlords can submit debts to collection agencies - is this true?

Could someone advise me as to any rights I may have, especially in view of a job transfer?

Thank you very much

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