Breaking Your Lease

I’ve never been a fan of break-ups. They’re never fun, even when everybody knows it’s the best thing for everybody. But sometimes you have to throw in the towel, am I right?

Luckily, breaking your lease is easier than breaking up with your 10th grade boyfriend. But everyone seems to think it’s impossible to break a lease. Just like everyone believes you can be arrested for picking bluebonnets in the state of Texas. (Is it strongly discouraged? Yes. And when you’re sitting in traffic on 290 in March, you’ll understand why.)

Contrary to popular belief, it is entirely possible to get out of a lease. A rental contract always has some wiggle room because there are instances in which both parties in the agreement may need to move on. If you need to break your lease, most of the time you can get out of your lease early for a fee.

Some apartment developments may also release you from your lease if you’ve been transferred by your employer. After all, circumstances like that are beyond your control.

If you’re concerned about the fee, consider what it would cost you to stay in the apartment for the full term. If you’re moving for professional reasons, being locked in to your lease can cost you much more than money. When you’re not sure about the terms of your lease agreement, or whether it’s possible to break your lease, consult with your leasing agent.

That’s not to say that you should break your lease just for kicks, just because you found an apartment down the road you like better. After all, a lease contract is an agreement between you and the property manager. They are expected to hold up their end of the bargain as well. But when life throws you a curve ball, it’s nice to know that you do have options.

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