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Job moves and getting out of leases

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by cubman, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. cubman

    cubman Member

    Anyone have any stories/advice to share in this area? I may be moving about 1,000 miles away for work in the next month or so, yet my lease isn't up until January. Am I bound to pay the rest of the rent or does the landlord have some responsibility to rent my unit ASAP, as I've read some places? I've considered subletting but in that case, I'm still ultimately responsible for the place.
    I plan to talk to the rental office just to let them know of the possibility before something goes definite, if it does.
    Fire away.
  2. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Wherever I've lived, a 30-day or 60-day notice is sufficient to get out of a lease. Check the fine print in your agreement or the tenancy laws in your area.
  3. JoelHammond

    JoelHammond Member

    Ugh. Did this last February, paid my lease out because paying it out and paying the early term fee were about the same, and I sure as shit wasn't going to let the asses lease the apartment again AND have my early term fee. So, in my mind, I stuck it to them a little bit by not letting them get double out of it.

    But paying $2100 for an apartment I wasn't living in wasn't a pleasant experience.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Don't laugh, but some employers will pay to break leases for new hires coming from outta town. Not a lot, especially in this biz, but I know my old shop did.
  5. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    I did that once. Had to pay up all the way, which was about 3 months worth or so of rent. But got it all back since they found someone else to take my place.
  6. Kamaki

    Kamaki Member

    I've done this several times, and I've always been able to convince them that while I would have loved to stay in their fantastic apartment, this job opportunity is just too much for me to pass up.
    "There's no way I'd rather live 1,000 miles away, but that's the nature of the business. I'm sure I'll never be able to find a place a nice as this, but hopefully this will be the big break I've been looking for. I'm sure you'll see me on ESPN with Bob Ryan and Michael Wilbon sometime soon!"
  7. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    My apartment complex says if it's the company you work for is relocating you, then you can get out of the lease. Could be their rule, could be a local or state law, not sure.
  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Also check your lease to see if you're allowed to sublet.

    If you're in a college town and you'll be moving soon, that might be the way to go.
  9. boots

    boots New Member

    In many cases, exceptions are made, especially if it concerns employment. If they are going to take you to the hill on the lease, I say sublet.
  10. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Or, they'll be bastards about the negotiations and keep badgering you with phone calls before turning it over to collections ...
  11. JoelHammond

    JoelHammond Member

    When I was going through my aforementioned struggle, I actually called a buddy of my uncle's, who's a lawyer. ... And he gave the same advice as Mizzou's. Pretty funny.

    I didn't have the balls to do it, though.
  12. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    How soon before you find out if you will be moving?
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