I live in CA. My current lease expires on September 30th of this year. However i may need to leave sooner then that due to the possibility of loosing my job. I cannot pay my rent with out my job (not saying most can). I know i can "break" my lease but i cannot really afford to pay them some huge fee Can somone point me in the right direction of even knowing what my rights are? i was reading some online but never got a "straight" answer i guess....
Read your lease agreement. When you sign the lease you are committing to pay the entire amount of the lease in monthly installments. If you move out before the lease term is up, you are still liable for the balance. Your landlord has a duty to mitigate by finding a suitable renter to rent the unit. If this happens you are relieved of the obligation to pay any more under the lease.
Since you know your plans, the best thing you can do is work with your landlord or management company to ensure that an applicant is accepted by them and is ready to take over your apartment as soon after you vacate as possible.
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Mr Smith is correct, and the market is overrun with people looking to rent. So you should be able to leave at minimal cost by being proactive.
Both answers are good. Some leases have an escape clause for job loss; so starting point is always to check lease. There are other possible reasons to terminate, but your facts do not suggest any would apply.
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