Legal Question in Landlord & Tenant Law in California

I am renting a bedroom in a house. The owner lives in it too. We signed a one year lease. I need to move out after 2 months because of personal reasons. They are requiring me to continue paying rent until the lease is up. They refuse to look for a new tenant nor do they allow me to look for a new tenant. Can they legally force me to keep paying rent and not look for new tenant ?

Asked on 10/13/12, 10:47 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Armen Tashjian Law Offices of Armen M. Tashjian

Your landlord is required by law to mitigate his damages. So, he cannot demand lease payments while refusing to look for a new tenant or allowing you to find a replacement.

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Answered on 10/13/12, 11:27 pm
Brian Rosales Harris, Rosales & harris

The landlord is required to try to find a new tenant. They cannot sit back and demand rent. You are rsponsible for the rent unitl they find a new tenant or until the end of the lease, whichever comes first.

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Answered on 10/15/12, 5:25 pm

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