How to terminate lease due to medical reasons?

By Tenant

No one really expects to experience dealing with any kind of crisis in life most especially if it is a medical crisis. But when this happens to you, it may change your life to a high new level. You or someone living with you may be incapable to continue living in your current apartment. If you are just renting an apartment to live and you have a long term lease agreement, you may be on the hook for rent payment on a rental unit that you are no longer going to use.

Here are some instructions you must do in order for you to break your lease early.

  • The first thing you must do is to contact your landlord and inform him or her that you want to break your lease. Explain to him the medical crisis you or someone living with you is experiencing right now and that is requires that you must move out of the rental unit before your lease ends. It is up to you though if you want to share details and information to your landlord.
  • Check the state’s tenant association in your local area. It is often called tenants union in some states so it is very important that you check your local area if you have any for not all states have them. They can be very helpful in explaining your legal rights as a tenant and can advise you with what course of action you should take.
  • It is always the best to know the laws of your Local County and city. State laws are often different in different states. There are states that do not allow tenants to break their lease because of medical reasons unless the medical problem is a result of the tenant living in the rental unit.

Bear in mind though that it all depends on your lease agreement. It is much easier if you have a month-to-month lease because you can break it easily with just a month’s notice maybe less for any reason at all.

Edited on: Saturday, April 13th, 2013 1:23 am

15 Responses to “How to terminate lease due to medical reasons?”

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April 13th, 2013 1:40 am

I am about to move in and haven’t signed any lease yet. Can I request the landlord to give me a month-to-month lease instead of a year lease?


April 13th, 2013 10:00 am

Now I know why landlords often give a year lease instead of a month-to-month lease! LOL


April 13th, 2013 6:20 pm

Where can I find our state laws?


April 14th, 2013 2:40 am

Does tenant association have pro-bono lawyers that can help tenants?


April 14th, 2013 11:00 am

Glad to know there are tenant union in our states. But are there services free of charge?


April 14th, 2013 7:20 pm

What if my lease states that I cannot break my lease early for any medical reason? Can I somehow dispute it?


April 15th, 2013 3:40 am

My roommate decides to break his lease due to his medical condition; we both signed the same lease. Am I entitled to leave as well?


April 15th, 2013 12:00 pm

What kind of damages or conditions of the rental unit can cause medical problems?


April 15th, 2013 8:20 pm

I am living in this rental unit for 2 months now and ever since I moved in I have been brought to the hospital several times. The doctor said that I am allergic to the wall paint the landlord used. I informed my landlord about it and he said it is not his problem anymore. Can I break my lease early and ask the landlord to pay for the hospital fees and medications I have?


April 16th, 2013 4:40 am

My grandmother rented an apartment unit with my brother. My brother now left the apartment to live with his fiancé and left my grandmother all alone. Can she break her lease if we decided to send her to an elderly home? She still has a few months left on her lease.


April 16th, 2013 1:00 pm

Since you signed a lease to live in the rental unit for a year and then decided to break the lease before the lease end then you are bound to your lease. You may have to negotiate with your landlord in order for him to get you off the hook.


April 16th, 2013 9:20 pm

For a landlord I think it is best if the tenant will pay an extra amount for the remaining months on her lease that way I can still compensate myself for the months that the rental unit will be vacant.


April 17th, 2013 5:40 am

As a landlord I will allow my tenant to break his lease early if he won’t ask for his security deposit back.


April 17th, 2013 2:00 pm

Alright let’s just say that you have the right to terminate your lease early due to your medical problems and you want your full security deposit back. What will happen to us landlord if we allow you to just leave the rental unit without any consequences? We will be left with an empty rental unit and no income for God knows how long until we can find a new tenant to rent the unit.


April 17th, 2013 10:20 pm

It is much better if you look for someone else to rent the apartment by the time you break your lease that way the landlord will have no trouble looking for another tenant and you can ask for your security deposit back.


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