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Should I have to pay rent if I move out of my apartment before my lease is up?

Wyomissing, PA |

I am having to move out of state and I need to break my lease. However there is nothing in my lease about how to break and the penalty of breaking my lease. I have three months left on my lease do I have to pay those three months? Is it my responsibility to find a new tenant? If new tenants are found should I get my security deposit back( no damage to the property?)

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You really need to look at the lease more closely. You are probably breaching the lease just by leaving. However, if you find a suitable tenant and they agree to pay the rent for the rest of the lease, the landlord may be obligated to return your security. He really does not have any damages in this case, since you have "mitigated" his damages. However, you must make sure the premises are in tip-top shape when leaving. Take pictures to prove it. Remember to put everything in writing and make sure the new tenants sign a new lease before you leave town. Give the landlord your new address. All this said, you need to really look at the lease terms and provisions and show them to an attorney.

Hope this helps.

Hope this helps.

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