My mother just signed a year lease with her husband for a condo. 2 weeks he passed away, and nothing has been moved into the condo. She can’t afford it by herself, and would not qualify for it. Is the lease now voided? Or is she responsible for the rent until new tenants are found?
While death does get your mother's husband off the hook, generally speaking his death will have no bearing on your mother's legal obligations under the lease. There may be provisions in the lease regarding early termination so one would have to look at those specific provisions to see what, if anything, can be done to assist your mother. I suggest that she speak with an attorney so that the lease terms can be carefully evaluated.
Best of luck to you and your mother.
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Mr. Pennell is correct, as usual. I only answer to correct a common misconception in the state of Missouri. A landlord has no legal duty or obligation in Missouri to attempt to relet once it is aware that a tenant is in material breach and wishes to terminate the lease early.
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