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Can You Break the Lease Contract

As a tenant, it is important to understand your options if you need to break your lease contract. While legally binding, there are certain circumstances that may allow you to terminate your lease agreement without facing legal consequences. In this article, we will discuss the different scenarios under which it may be possible to break your lease early.

1. Diplomatic Clause

A diplomatic clause usually applies to people who have to relocate for work or educational purposes, usually for a short amount of time. It is a clause included in a lease agreement that allows a tenant to terminate their tenancy contract early without any penalties. However, it is only valid under certain circumstances, such as the tenant being redeployed to a new location or country.

2. Landlord Breach of Contract

If a landlord breaches a clause in the lease agreement, a tenant may be able to break the lease contract without facing any penalties. For example, if the landlord fails to provide necessary repairs or maintenance, or does not follow through with certain promises made in the contract, the tenant may be able to argue that the landlord has violated the lease agreement and terminate the lease.

3. Military Deployment

Military personnel who are deployed may have a legal right to terminate their lease agreement without penalty. This is thanks to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which applies to all active-duty military personnel. If a service member receives permanent change-of-station orders or is deployed for a set amount of time, they can break a lease agreement without fear of being penalized.

4. Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence can also be granted permission to break their lease agreement. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows tenants to terminate their lease agreement early without penalty if they are a victim of domestic violence. This law applies to all genders and prohibits discrimination against victims of domestic violence in housing.

5. Early Termination Clause

Some lease agreements may include an early termination clause, which allows tenants to terminate their lease agreement early without penalty under certain conditions. However, this clause often comes with a fee or requires the tenant to provide a certain amount of notice before leaving the property.

In conclusion, breaking a lease contract can be complicated, but there are certain circumstances under which it may be possible without penalty. It is important to review your lease agreement thoroughly and understand your legal rights as a tenant, especially if you need to terminate your lease agreement early. Consulting with a legal professional can also help you understand what your options are and ensure that you are within your legal rights.