I live in PA and I recently left my apartment complex without providing a 30 day notice. I signed a letter of intent to renew a couple months before the lease was up in September, but after the lease was up I never signed another lease. I continued to pay for the apartment until January, but left before February. Now they say I owe them money for breaking a lease. So my question is, how do I owe the apartment complex any money for breaking a lease when I never signed another one?
You provided them with written notice of your intent to renew and technically they can hold you to that promise and attempt to enforce the obligation to sign the lease. Remember that they most likely relied upon your representation that you would renew and did not advertise the apartment as being available for a new tenant based upon your written representations. Your promise...plus their reliance upon that promise (to their financial detriment) is enforceable. However, that being said, I believe a lawyer might be able to negotiate a termination fee with them and get you out of the obligation for the rest of the year. Don't delay and consult with a lawyer soon.
Leslie A. Margolies, Esq. is an attorney and Director of The Real Estate Law Group which provides affordable legal representation (sliding scale) for people with property problems in all counties of Pennsylvania. Her services include real estate and landlord tenant litigation, real estate transactions and document preparation. Please note that responses to questions on this website are for general purposes only. Such responses may not be considered legal advice and do not establish an attorney-client relationship.
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