I am moving because of criminal activity and a burglary
I was forced to move from a home I rented due to the death of the owner. I am a teacher and rent year to year, bsically June to June. I had to move in October and found a nice house in which to move. My position has been eliminated and have to move. In addition to all of this my home has been broken into and my vehicle as well. after speaking with the police I found out that this home has been broken into 8 times in the last six years. I have to get out, but I have a feeling the rental agency is going to take me for all I am worth. I paid "first and last", a security deposit, and pet deposit. I am in Texas. Can anyone give me some advice? I already have secured a new job 200 miles away.
Thanks in advance,
Edited on: Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 2:47 am
5 Responses to “I am moving because of criminal activity and a burglary”
May 13th, 2010 3:14 pm
Lease terminations can be tough. In fact, burglary and crime is not a breach of agreement, so it doesn’t let you out of the lease. Landlords aren’t responsible for outside factors such as crime.
May 13th, 2010 7:18 pm
Your landlord died! Wow, I never thought about that. Although, technically you had right to remain in the home. The family would still be required to honor your agreement.
May 13th, 2010 7:24 pm
You’re right. even if the landlord died the family or new owner would be contractually obligated to honor his lease. Too bad he didn’t ask about that before, it could have prevented all of this mess.
I think you may have ability to terminate your lease early due to exessive crime to your unit. 8 breakins within 6 months is a very bad track record. If you were my tenant I would work on making the unit safer; More outdoor lighting, gates, alarm systems etc. If that didn’t please you I would work out something.
May 13th, 2010 7:30 pm
What ever you do… TAKE CARE OF THE AGREEMENT BEFORE MOVING!!! I’ve dealt with horror stories from renters that have tried to run away from the problem by skipping town in the middle of the night– then a few months later they get a constant flow of collection calls. This can ruin your credit if you fail to make arrangements prior to moving.
As you learned earlier DON’T ACCEPT VERBAL AGREEMENT! The agreement must be made in writing. If you need help you can hire an attorney or file a complaint with the RPA.
May 13th, 2010 7:56 pm
Have you thought about offering them a deal they can’t refuse? I know it might sound backwards to you, but what if you offered them a full month, or half month or 2 months rent as a penalty for early termination.
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