We signed a lease on Aug 7, 2012. We are to move in Sept 1, 2012. Me and my mom signed the lease and my wife and grandmother are on the lease as well. My grandmother got dischagred today and she has remontoics arthcirts and very bad depression. The house is a 2 story house, and she cant climb stores and the doctor dosen't want her living alone on the first floor. We already gave a deposit of 1400.00 on Aug 7 2012 is there a why we can break the lease since we haven't moved in yet. We have the doctors notes and letters that were given to use to give to the landlord, we really need the 1400.00 deposit back.
You will need to negotiate your way out of the lease agreement with the LL--the LL is NOT obligated to release you.
When you signed the lease agreement you bound yourself in contract to the landlord and the LL is privileged to take action against all who signed the lease agreement if you fail to move in. LL may sue for the total amount of the lease (i.e. all 12 months). As a practical matter, the LL is required to take all reasonable steps to find new tenants, and later seek reimbursement from you when LL has new tenants, but that could still take months, depending on the property.
Recommend you meet with LL, explain the situation, see if LL is willing to release you. If so, get that new agreement in writing so LL does not come after you later.
If LL is not willing to release you--you MAY be able to identify other grounds that COULD allow you to break the lease agreement--but you'd need to take your lease documents in to a local Richmond area LL-Tenant attorney and let that attorney review your documents and discuss the property--that attorney MIGHT be able to ID some other issue you are unaware of that COULD give you a reason to break the lease. Short of that you are stuck with the deal you signed for.
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