Breaking A Lease In Idaho The Easy Way

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How To Break A Lease In Idaho Without Any Expenses

When a tenant signs a lease in Idaho, the tenant agrees to the terms and is expected to stay in the rental property until the lease expires. However, there are times when circumstances change, and it becomes necessary to break a lease. What are the legitimate reasons to without penalty, and what is the process to do so? Learn how to legally break a lease in Idaho with DoNotPay's help.

What Are a Tenant's Responsibilities When Signing a Lease in Idaho?

In 1977, Idaho enacted a law stating the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. In accordance with this law, a lease in Idaho usually includes the following information:

  • The date on which the lease was signed
  • The expiration date of the lease
  • Property information
  • Deposit and rent information
  • Landlord entrance details - this is for information regarding whether the landlord is allowed to enter the rental property at certain times during the lease and the process of when the landlord does.
  • Utilities and repairs - this documents which party is responsible for different aspects of the utilities and repairs in the future during the rental period.
  • Any policies, restrictions, or addendums
  • Termination procedure - if the tenant needs or wants to end the lease sooner than specified
  • The moving out inspection procedure

Both the tenant and landlord are expected to abide by the terms of the lease. If the lease fails to be kept by the tenant or the landlord, the other party may have the right to break the lease early.

Lease Termination Notice Requirements in Idaho

Each state has different rules for how much notice you have to give before ending your lease. Here are Idaho’s rules for lease termination notice:

Rent PaymentNotice TimeStatute
Week-to-weekNo statute, but there should be rules in your specific leaseNo statute
Month-to-month1 month with written notice§§ 55-208
Year-to-year with no fixed end date1 month with written notice§§ 55-208

When Breaking a Lease in Idaho Is Acceptable

There are four situations in which early is acceptable in Idaho. The legal reasons to break a lease are as follows:

Active Military

If a tenant enters the military and gets deployed, then the tenant is allowed to break the lease under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The tenant will need to provide a written notice to the landlord as well as provide proof of the deployment. The tenant must also prove that military service enrollment was made after signing the lease and that the tenant will stay in service for at least 90 days or longer.

Early Termination Clause

Before signing a rental agreement, a tenant can make sure that an early termination clause is placed in. This will allow the tenant to break a lease under certain agreed upon requirements. Landlords may agree to early termination clauses if an amount of money is placed on the agreement for the tenant to move.

Harassment From Landlord

When a tenant is receiving harassment from a landlord, the tenant may have a right to break the lease without penalty. The harassment can include any of the following:

  • Raising rent without proper notice
  • Entering a rental property without permission or proper notice
  • Turning off utilities
  • Verbal or physical threatening
  • Refusing to accept payment

Uninhabitable Unit

As with other states, Idaho has a standard in which a rental property must be kept in order to rent it out to a tenant. The following are five areas that landlords are required to maintain:

  1. Strong structural foundation and roof
  2. Proper plumbing and wiring
  3. Working smoke detectors
  4. Proper trash disposal area for tenants
  5. Heating for rental properties

If a landlord fails to maintain the above and/or doesn't respond to repair notices within a reasonable amount of time, the tenant is allowed to break the lease.

How to Break an Idaho Lease by Yourself

Depending on the lease agreement, there may be no penalty when breaking a lease for one of the reasons above. However, each circumstance is different, and you may have to pay costs associated with breaking your lease, the last month's rent. In order to break a lease, you will need to talk to the landlord in person and give written notice of when you are moving out and why. You also have the option to sign an agreement with the landlord stating that you are leaving because of a specific issue.

Breaking a lease may seem intimidating. A landlord may also try to make it more difficult for you to end your lease early. What if there was a way in which you could take the appropriate steps to terminate your lease early in a stress-free way? That is where DoNotPay comes in.

Break a Lease in Idaho With the Help of DoNotPay

DoNotPay is the perfect solution when it comes to breaking an Idaho lease. DoNotPay can help you with problems that you may incur when trying to break your lease, such as credit issues and more! If you want to break a lease in Idaho but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search Break My Lease on DoNotPay.

  2. Prepare a signed copy of your lease that you can use as a reference, and enter the state the lease was signed in.

  3. Let us guide you through the 4 potential options.

Depending on your specific situation, DoNotPay will craft the perfect solution for you:

  • If you're a uniformed service member breaking a lease to fulfill your service obligations, we'll send your landlord an SCRA Protection Letter.
  • If you're breaking your lease for a reason protected by your state's tenant laws, we'll write your landlord a letter detailing your protections for breaking the lease under the relevant law.
  • If your reasons for breaking your lease aren't protected by federal or state law, but you'd like to try to convince your landlord to let you break the lease through mutual agreement, we'll draft a hardship letter making your case to your landlord.
  • If there are no remaining options for breaking the lease with protection, but your state requires landlords to mitigate damages to tenants who break their leases, we'll notify your landlord of that obligation and minimize the remaining rent you have to pay.

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