Facts: I live in Montgomery County, MD in a privately owned condo; my landlord is the rep of the property which is actually owned by her mother who lives out of state. Lease is from February 1st, 2014 to February 1st, 2016 (I signed a two year lease and sublet a room to a friend). I would like to terminate. The condo is 2br, 1ba- I live with myself, my almost 5 year old, and female roommate and her dog. The property rep has been a NIGHTMARE of a landlord. False notices to evict, selective enforcement, entry without notice, etc. I am happy to find a tenant to take over the lease- and negotiate a much better lease than she did. I work in real estate- she is renting at about $250 below market value. I have never missed a rent check and keep to property meticulous. I need to move by June 1
You can always attempt to negotiate an early termination of the lease, but it requires that the landlord agree. Contact the landlord and propose that they allow you to move out early if you get her a replacement tenant. She does not have to agree to it. Absent a subsequent agreement, the terms of your lease controls.
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In most cases you would have to negotiate with the landlord in an attempt to update/change the contract you entered. If the landlord is being difficult, you can always attempt to pursue mediation or other alternative dispute resolutions. If its as bad you say, I am sure the landlord is also not happy with the current situation so she may be open to these forms of dispute resolution. In some instances where the landlord breaches certain duties, as a result making the property virtually uninhabitable, and the tenant vacates in a reasonable amount of time, the court may find the tenant to be constructively evicted and would be entitled may terminate the lease an seek damages. You should sit down with a lawyer and they can provide you with the different options available to you in your case.
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