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The Legal Agreement: Broken Promises

Here is the scenario: You have six months remaining on the lease, you found a better place to live, and you ask the management company if you can move out of your apartment before the end of your lease, hopefully by the end of next month. The management company tells you “sure no problem, just turn in the keys.” Well, two years later, you are shocked to learn that your previous landlord has sued you in court for the remaining six months on your prior lease. Can the landlord sue me for the remaining months left on the previous lease?

The simple answer is: absolutely. Although the management company told you that you can leave your apartment before the expiration of the lease, the landlord can still hold you liable unless the landlord has notify you in writing that you are not responsible for the remaining months on your lease. However, the landlord has a duty to mitigate damages and the landlord has to show what efforts, if any, the landlord has made to re-rent the premises. To learn more about your rights as a tenant, contact the Law Office of Tamara I. Jordan P.L.L.C.