Posted by DK on November 17, 1998 at 09:20:40:
In Reply to: Harassment/breaking the lease posted by rajka on November 16, 1998 at 23:24:22:
Both you and your landlord should put your agreement in writing. If your landlord refuses to put it in writing, it isn't all that clear that you have an agreement or that you landlord is committed to returning your security deposit. The written agreement does not have to be very fancy. A handwritten note which says that both of you agree to end the lease on the date when you are moving out, instead of the original lease expiration date would do the trick.
Of course, you may want to move out anyway, even if you cannot get a written agreement. But you might have to go to Small Claims Court to sue to get back your security deposit, and your landlord might claim that you broke your lease and sue you for the rest of the rent. Without anything in writing, it will be your word against your landlord's and no one can predict how that would turn out
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