At lease signing my lease states 1 unassigned parking spot, now the apartment management company has started assigned parking. My spot is on the other side of the complex. Its inconvenient as we have a children we have to carry.
The management have assigned closer parking spots to empty units - I assume so they can get more renters. Its been 4 weeks of asking them for a closer spot, and they keep saying I'm on a waitlist.
Can I break the lease without being liable for the early termination fees?
That depends on what's in the fine print. Most apartment leases give landlord the right to change parking rules. You should review lease carefully or get help using the affordable Avvo document review and consult.
In the meantime, go over manager's head. Contact corporate office and tell them the changes aren't safe for your family and you need help NOW.
Sometimes the squeaking wheel gets fast attention. If you're squeaking at the right people.
You are allowed to reject the terms of the contract and quit the premises early only if the parking issue is what's called a "material breach" of the contract, meaning it affects the core of the agreement between you and the landlord. In the landlord/tenant context, the agreement to rent an inhabitable residential space for a monthly sum of money is the most "material" of the agreements. Here, I tend to think that a switch from unassigned to assigned parking is not a material breach, because you still have a parking space available to you, and moreover you have the right to that specific spot (which in some contexts is preferable).
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