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How to get out of an Apartment Lease

Looking for a way to wriggle out of your lease? Well, it might not be as difficult as you think. Yes, you will need to get a bit creative, and look for loopholes, but it's worth a shot, right?

First, try to negotiate a lease-break agreement. Your lease might already have a break clause, but if not, you will need to speak directly to your landlord. Some negotiation points include offering part or all of your security deposit, paying an extra month's rent after you vacate, and volunteering to find another tenant to fill your place and sign a new lease. This is the best way to get out of your lease because it won't taint your rental history. The following options will vary from place to play, and you might end up needing to hire a lawyer, and even then they won't guarantee your lease termination.

Another option is to see if your apartment complex entrance gates are broken. Electric gates are expensive to maintain and people are always running into them. Apartment complexes love to advertise their gated access as a selling point to get more tenants in a given community. This combination of advertising and disrepair could lead to a 'bait and switch' argument ? when apartments show you a good model but then turn out to be completely different when you move in ? and can be another legal reason to get you out of a lease. You will have to prove 'fear of personal safety' in court, most likely with official documents, but it's one approach.

Finally, most states require a landlord to reveal the name of the owner and company of an apartment complex or development. Often times, smaller complexes might try to hide the management information to avoid dealing with maintenance requests. If you demand ? in writing ? notice of ownership and you don't get the information within a certain time period, there could be strict consequences against the owner. Among these penalties includes lease termination by the tenant.

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