I will be moving to a MN town in a couple days and need a place to stay for 4 months. Every renter claims to only offer 12 month leases... but I was told by one of them that I can break the lease with 30 days notice and a small fee. If this is in the lease, and I comply with the proper actions to break the lease after 4 months, am I legally free from any further obligations or does the land lord still have the power to require me to pay the remaining duration of the lease?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Hello. If you known you want a 4 month duration lease, then I suggest that that should be the only agreement that you sign. Agreements are negotiable, and supply and demand is involved. Sometimes there are special clauses for early termination of a lease for a reason such as a purchase of a home or job transfer or more than X miles distance, and the tenant typically pays one or more fees of various sorts to have such a clause inserted in the lease. With the concerns you express, I urge you to have attorney review of any lease agreement prior to you signing. In general: Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will confer initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in a limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.
TRICIA DWYER, ESQ.
Tricia Dwyer, Esq & Associates PLLC
LANDLORD TENANT LAW
Whatever you are told over the phone does not count -- you need to read the actual contract and see what the penalties for termination are.
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