Posted by TenantNet on May 21, 1996 at 22:13:07:
In Reply to: Re: breaking a lease posted by Dion Eusepi on May 20, 1996 at 05:23:39:
: I'm attempting to break a lease in conjunction with a job offer in another state
: the landlord is ateempting retrieve a discount in intial rent that is stated in the lease as
: "first months rent" can the discount legally be retreived if not defined in the lease
: as such?
You had a "sweetheart deal" where you got an initial discount for the first
month. These are often defined in the fine print of the lease that you must
stay there for a certain period of time or it may be forfeited. It's kind of
like banks that require you to keep money on deposit for a period of time.
That you may be responsible for the rent for the term of the lease is another issue
altogether -- maybe your landlord is willing to let you out of the lease.
But as for the discount, if there is no penalty defined in the lease, I would
say it's unenforceable. The best way is not to pay him the extra.
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