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Breaking a Lease

Posted by Kelli on February 04, 1999 at 21:34:40:

When we moved into our apartment, our landlord told us that he has all the leases for his rentals renewing on the same date. But he has young couples living in his units and understood that if/when you buy a house, you can't plan a closing around a lease expiring. All he asks if you are breaking the lease, was that you pay for the ad to re-rent the apartment. So, we found a house, and on December 6 told our landlord that it lloked good that we were closing on Jan. 22, so we'd be out for February 1. He asked us when we wanted the ad to start running. We said right away. He explained that Dec, Jan and Feb were slower months, but we'd see how we did. No renters to date. So we closed on our house, and moved in. I gave the landlord the keys, with a note with our new number and address. He called that night looking for his rent check for February. We were shocked!! What is the point of "breaking a lease" and paying for the ad, if we are going to continue paying until he finds a renter or our lease expires, whichever comes first? I checked our lease and the only line with reference to this is "Tenant agrees to pays any fees to re-rent the apartment if lease is broken" It doesn't say, "In addition to any rents".

Any comments or knowledge of this matter? What are our rights? Are we responsible for the rent till then? Please help!

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