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Breaking a lease

Posted by Sarah Lindahl on July 06, 1996 at 16:51:08:

I currently live in Houston, Tx and have rented
an apartment for a year and a half. Within
that time, I have signed 3 leases. The first 2
leases that I signed were for 6 months. Upon
renewing my 3rd lease, I failed to read the contract
and it turns out that the lease is for 1 year.

Do I have any recourse regarding the fact that this
is a renewal and technically should have been identical
to the other 2 leases unless requested otherwise? I definately
did NOT request a change in the lease contract.

The landlords KNEW that I was not going to stay for
more than 6 months. First of all, I spoke to them re:
what was going to occur after the 3rd 6 month period.
I indicated that I'd either be moving back into a home
that I currently own OR I'd be moving into a larger
apartment at my current place of residence. I even
viewed an apartment at that time. In addition to that, the
lease on my home was also for only 6 months. On top of that,
if I had committed to a 1 year contract and decided to
move into a larger apt, I would be required to pay a
transfer fee of $100 which I would not have had to pay
if I had leased for only 6 months.

Do I have ANY recourse? I'm willing to pay a subletting fee for
"breaking" my lease, but am disturbed re: responsibility for rent
until the apt is leased.

Thx for any and all info!

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