Help I’m trying to break a lease due to hardship!

By Sarah S.

I have rented from Jasmine @ Sandy Springs Apartments for a year previously and have just moved back in in a single apartment for the past 4 months. I have never had a late payment or caused them any toruble. The only reason I am leaving is bacause my job has cut my hours significantly as well as my pay. I have let the leasing department know as soon as I found out what was happening and tried working with them. I’ve given them 2 letters and explained that I would have to break my lease due to hardship and their only response was that I have to give them 60 days notice, pay all rent and bills up to that point, and on the day I move out pay an additional month’s rent just because I’m breaking my lease early. They have not been willing to work with me on a lesser payment. I am willing to pay them 1/2 a month’s rent which is all I’m able to afford. They will be turning me into a collection agency in 30 days, which in turn will hurt my credit. How can I get out of my lease due to this unforgiving economy without it hurting my credit and being forced to pay an exorbiant amount that I’m not able to? Thank you for your assistance!


Edited on: Friday, June 19th, 2009 8:18 pm

One Response to “Help I’m trying to break a lease due to hardship!”

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June 19th, 2009 7:20 pm

Unfortunetly for you the contract is a solid binding agreement. I have seen contracts that have specific termination clauses due to loss of employment. But these types of clauses are usually only included in the contract when a tenant adds an addendum that explains the condition. So what I’m trying to say is that you really are in a tough spot.
If you look at it from there end by wearing your landlords shoes… why should they also suffer a hardship if their contract clearly states what both parties agreed to? Its not exactly fair to assume that your landlord will take on the burden of your job loss. Its tough times, but the contract you signed agreed to whatever terms are set forth in the written agreement, regardless of your situation.
I would do whatever it takes to negotiate with your property managers. Even if you have to set up a payment plan or pay with a credit card, do what you need to keep the collection off of your record.


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