How can I get out of a lease agreement in Oregon?

Asked almost 5 years ago - Tualatin, OR

I have signed a 12 month lease in OR and have been forced to move back to Denver because of an unsafe living environment. After recieving several threatening text message and voice mails from my sister in-law who is also on the lease (I have saved all messages) my daughter and I have left the townhouse. My husband however who is also on the lease stayed until we could figure something out. What are my rights? We signed the lease in April 09 and we left yesterday 12/05/09 Please help!

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  1. David Hamlin Madden

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Depending on the content of your lease, you may be able to leave without liability to anybody except the other people on the lease. From your question, it sounds like the lease is to "A, B and C for one year." If B leaves, then A and C are still responsible to the landlord, but they could sue B for B's share. If A is threatening B, then it seems unlikely that a court would have much sympathy for A's lawsuit. And C, your husband, isn't likely to sue you, is he?

    Of course, I'm sure you've left out some details from your question, and they may make an enormous difference. Your best bet is to consult an Oregon lawyer (make sure to have your lease and any other written documents available for review).

    Good luck!

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