Recently moved to a new place in Annapolis. Thought I was renting a room from the owner as a roommate. But once I moved in I saw he doesn't live here and has stuffed this 4Br/2BA house with five people. An extra "bedroom" was made in the basement by using a curtain as a makeshift door. The other half of the basement is the laundry area. I checked my lease and it doesn't say anything about this. In fact, the lease says that I am renting the entire house. Specifically it states "The landlord leases to the Tenant the premises of [Address of the house] and all improvements including equipment and systems for use as a single family dwelling under the following terms and conditions" and continues on with standard conditions about paying rent on time, etc. The lease later states "The people listed above are the only people authorized to occupy the Premises" with only my name listed. I complained shortly after moving in that this wasn't the agreement (nobody was home at the time he showed it to me). But he is saying if I move out I have to pay the remaining 10 months of the lease. Can he really force me to stay? It seems like he's the one violating the lease, not me.
You really are going to need to have an attorney look over that lease. Wording is key in these situations.
However, if the lease does indeed read like you are suggesting it does, you arguably have a breach of lease situation. That means that you could ask the Court to intercede on your behalf and have the lease terminated without penalty.
Again though, wording is key in these situations, as the Court will always be limited to exactly what the lease says, so I would consult a knowledgeable attorney ASAP.
Hope that helps!
Most landlord/tenant cases proceed without an attorney. How did you rent a property without seeing it?
Is the rental amount reasonable for the whole property or just a room.? I suggest you take plenty of pictures, save the Lease, then get out. You probably should have an attorney review the lease and hear your whole situation before leaving.
Did you look at the property prior to renting? What is the rent? Were there tenants already in the unit before you moved in.
Have an attorney review the lease and reach out to the landlord.
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