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Re: Breaking leases due to roommate's loss of job

Posted by John E. Marre on March 25, 1999 at 00:18:30:

In Reply to: Breaking leases due to roommate's loss of job posted by Anita on March 24, 1999 at 11:52:33:

Are both names on the lease?
Are you willing to move?
If you fail to pay the rent, you can hope for the option of either paying rent owed or simply leaving the premises. But this is uncertain. There are times when a landlord will simply state that s/he wants either the rent due or possession of the premises. If the case goes to court, you have the option. Lately, however, landlords, greedy as they are, will want both, the premises and the rent.
If the leaseholder simply cannot afford to maintain the rent payments, a sane judge would tend to simply let you get out of the lease. (You can hope for one of those... they're few and far between).
Otherwise, moving might be the best plan of action and notices to the landlord, in writing, (keep copies of all correspondence), sent certified return receipt, that you simply MUST leave because you can no longer afford to pay the rent.

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