How to break a lease.

Asked almost 2 years ago - Colorado Springs, CO

We moved in our new home, found out we had roaches, then a few days later found out we have bed bugs.

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  1. Donald Corky Eby

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    Answered . You may have a Warranty of Habitability defense. But, you need to read your lease very closely and comply with notice requirements of the Warranty Statute, or possibly self-help to remedy the infestation problem. I sugguest that you read my AVVO Legal Guide about the Warranty of Habitability.

    Donald at Robinson and Henry, PC at (303) 688-0944 or Donald@RobinsonandHenry.com. The above information is... more
  2. Daniel Nelson Deasy

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    Answered . Mr. Eby is dead on with his analysis. You ought to sit down with him to consult and make sure you bring your lease.

    In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship.... more
  3. Brandy Ann Peeples

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    Answered . These conditions do not necessarily warrant the breaking of a lease. Inform your landlord of these problems in writing and request that he remediate them. If he fails to do so within a reasonable time then you may have other options available to you which may invlude going to court. You must also look to the terms of your written lease to see if it addresses which party is responsible for pest control.

    DISCLAIMER: Brandy A. Peeples is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland. This answer is being provided... more
  4. Rebecca Mccormick Pepin

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    Answered . Please do contact an attorney - many give initial free consultations. Being successful in breaking a lease without any repercussions is partially dependent upon you taking all the required steps, such as notifying your landlord of the problem, and giving a reasonable period of time for the problem to be fixed. This doesn't mean that you have to live with the bugs during that time (ewwww.) - but you do need to step through this process carefully.
    Good luck!

    This legal information is provided for general legal purposes and does not establish a client-attorney... more

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Landlord-tenant law

Landlord-tenant law is governed mostly by state laws, and covers issues like security deposit limits and deadlines, evictions, and the right to withhold rent.

Breaking a lease agreement

Breaking a lease is considered a breach of contract, and you may have to pay a penalty to do so, unless the law prohibits penalties for your specific situation.

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