We filled out two forms and nothing mentions (forms 818a and 818b) what our rights are if we must break our lease. Our landlord is a rather crazy older lady and has asked us to call her often telling her how wonderful the house is! Creepy!
Some leases provide for an early termination or break fee. If so, it rules. Pay it and your out of the lease. If there is no specified early termination terms or procedures, you are legally on the hook to pay the monthly rent for the rest of the term of the lease. However, the landlord is required to keep making reasonable efforts to re-rent the house; if not, you are off the hook for the remaining months of rent. If you have questions as to how this applies to your specific situation, you should consult with a local landlord-tenant attorney. Many offer free or reduced cost initial consultations. Good luck.
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If there's no lease break provision, then it's a term lease and you need to pay rent for the term until it's re-rented or unless you and your landlord agree to something different. You might want to help cut your losses by helping your landlord find a well-qualified tenant to take over the lease. If there is a lease break provision, it is capped by statute at 1.5x monthly rent and you owe it whether or not the property is re-rented.
Nothing prevents a landlord from being creepy, crazy, or otherwise not your best friend. If you're not going to leave, you don't need to return her calls, and you might want to mention if something is bothering you.
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