I recently broke the lease of my apartment in Florida due to job relocation. I had signed an option 1 when i leased the apartment ie early termination clause of 2 months rent. Do i owe my landlord 2 months early termination rent as my landlord was immediately able to re rent the apartment in a week. Do i still owe them for 2 months termination fees ?
Yes, of course you owe the 2 month early termination fee. You agreed to pay the termination fee if you broke the lease, and you broke the lease. The termination fee is not rent. It's a penalty for breaking the lease, which you agreed to pay. The fact the LL was able to rent your place soon after you left is of no consequence.
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Yes, this was the option you selected if you wanted to move out early. You owe the termination fee. Understand that there are significant costs in "turning" an apartment, including marketing expenses, contracting expenses, clean-up, and various other expenses, not to mention the uncertainty in being able to re-let the premises quickly. These are the reasons why you get to choose from the two options in your lease -- and you selected the fixed fee.
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You can't have your cake and eat it too. If YOU selected that option then you owe that money as a lease termination fee.
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If that is what you agreed to; yes you do (that is the gamble one takes; if they HADN'T rented FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE LEASE - that provision would have LIMITED YOUR liability to those two months). Hope this helps, although I am sure it's not what you wanted to hear. gsg
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