Can I legally break my lease due to health issues?

Asked about 2 years ago - Glendale, AZ

I live in a two story townhouse. Since 2009 I have had 5 spinal fusion surgeries. The latest are one in 2011, & two in 2012. I have degenerative disc disease, & my entire Lumbar & thorasic part of my spine are the fused areas. I have severe osteoporis & arthritis. I have had to have hip replacement surgery. I also have arthritis in my right knee. Needless to say the stair climbing is extremely hard on my body. The last two spine surgeries, & arthritis in my knee have taken a toll on my health. With these issues could I legally break my lease so I can move to a one story apartment, townhouse, etc.? If so, what steps do I need to take to legally break my lease?

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  1. C. Andrew Campbell

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . The first question I have is when did you sign the most recent lease and what is the term for the lease? Certainly if you signed the lease with knowledge of the medical conditions there is not going to be a very good argument that you should be able to get out of the lease. Also, normally to break a lease due to health the leased property needs to be a danger to the tenant's health or safety.

    This does not mean that you cannot break your lease, it may simply cause you to be responsible for any fees and costs associated with terminating your lease early. Also, this does not mean that you cannot negotiate a resolution with your landlord that is agreeable to both of you. Depending on your lease situation (what you are paying versus what the landlord might be able to get from a new tenant) you may be able to convince the landlord to let you leave without penalty. Also check to see if your lease allows you to sublect the premises (many do not) and if you are allowed the sublease the premises you can find someone else to stay in the property and you can move somewhere else. Even if you sublet the premises you are responsible for paying the landlord even if your sublet tenant does not pay you (be careful).

    Good luck.

    This information is provided for general informational purposes and is not intended as legal advice. An attorney... more

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