Posted by Ken on November 16, 2000 at 19:21:50:
In Reply to: Breaking A 1 Yr lease posted by Sabrina on November 16, 2000 at 12:02:27:
I'm sorry to hear that your neighborhood has suffered a crime wave. But, as you probably realize, the time to investigate a neighborhood is BEFORE you sign a lease there, not afterwards. (I know a NY couple who took a walk after midnight one Saturday night around the area they were looking for an apartment, just to make sure they felt safe.)
Drug dealing and breaking into your car are not caused by the landlord, therefore are irrelevant reasons to break your lease.
When you signed the lease, you agreed to its terms. If you move out now, it is possible that the LL could sue you for the rest of the payments. However, that is not very likely.
The best solution would be for you to honestly discuss the situation with your landlord. Tell him you are not comfortable there and want out of your lease. Perhaps if you have been on good terms, and give him sufficient notice, he will agree to stop the lease no problem. Of course you are also free to just leave; though in that case, you'd probably be kissing your security deposit goodbye as the LL would use it to pay for expenses while he advertised and re-rented your apartment.
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