Legal Question in Landlord & Tenant Law in Ohio

We bought a house and need to break our lease agreement on the home we rent is this possible without paying for the remainder of the lease.

Asked on 2/22/11, 9:03 am

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Andrew J Ruzicho II Law offices of Andrew J Ruzicho II
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Generally, you can't break a lease simply because you bought a house. A lease is a contract that binds two parties to certain obligations. You were bound to rent out the apartment until a certain date. If you do leave early there are certain things you need to do to protect yourself.

The landlord generally has an obligation to make a reasonable effort to re-rent the premises. If he re-rents the premises then your liability for rent stops at that point. If he is unable to re-rent the premises, then you would owe for the remainder of your lease term.

You may be able to negotiate with the landlord to pay him a certain amount short of the entire balance remaining on the lease.

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Answered on 2/22/11, 10:32 am

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