All About Breaking A Lease With Roommates

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Your Step-By-Step Guide To Breaking A Lease With Roommates

Leasing a place can be great for people who aren't ready to settle down permanently or who don't want to take care of anything bad that happens to the place. Some people choose to find a roommate to live with to help make rent a little cheaper, or just to help prevent loneliness. However, roommates don't always work out, so you might be looking for information on .

Sometimes, when you start living with someone, it seems like everything will work out great. Unfortunately, certain things might come up over time that makes you no longer want to live with that roommate. If this is the case, you will have to figure out how to legally break your lease.

After discussing things with your roommate, you will need to send a letter to your landlord discussing the plan you made with your roommate. If you would rather not write the letter, DoNotPay is happy to do it for you.

Consequences of Illegally Breaking a Lease

If you sign a lease, it is the same as signing any other contract. It binds you and the landlord together, and you are both expected to abide by the rules outlined in the lease agreement. If you do something that illegally breaks your lease, you are subject to legal consequences, like costs for breaking your lease. Three of those might be:

  1. You can end up with an eviction on your record, which can lower your credit score and make it difficult to lease again.
  2. Your landlord can sue you to get the money they are owed.
  3. Your landlord can also sue you for breaking the contract.

Find Out Lease Breaking Rules by State

In general, a lease is a contract, so breaking it will have legal repercussions. However, the rules for what constitutes acceptable reasons for breaking a lease will vary by state. Find out more information about lease rules in your state using the links below:

TexasCaliforniaNew York
IllinoisNorth CarolinaOhio
GeorgiaVirginiaWashington State
ColoradoNew JerseyPennsylvania
South CarolinaMinnesota Alabama
Washington DCKansasKentucky
LouisianaNew MexicoArkansas
HawaiiUtahWest Virginia
New HampshireNebraskaMaine
IdahoSouth DakotaNorth Dakota
VermontRhode IslandMississippi

How to Break a Lease With Roommates

If you are considering , keep these things about roommate renter's rights in mind:

  • Figure out who is moving out: Unless you are listed as the master tenant, anyone could be pushed out.
  • Know your lease: If you're going month to month, you just need to stick it out to the end of the month. A longer lease means you will have to work something out with your landlord.
  • Consider trying some mediation to work things out with your roommate.

Once you have gone through all of the above, write a letter to your landlord covering the following points:

  • Talk with your landlord to see if you can pay off the rest of your lease. Make sure to get the agreement in writing.
  • Ask your landlord if you can sublet your apartment to someone else.

DoNotPay is happy to step in and write a letter to your landlord for you if you would rather avoid it.

How You Can Use DoNotPay to Break Your Lease With Roommates

It's always a disappointment when things don't work out with a roommate, but DoNotPay can help by writing a letter to your landlord for you.

Here's how you can get started 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.

Here’s a look at the four potential ways DoNotPay will solve your lease problem:

  • If you're a uniformed servicemember 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.

Reasons to Use DoNotPay to Break Your Lease With Roommates

Trying to convince a landlord to let you out of your lease can be difficult. You should let DoNotPay write a letter to your landlord for you for several reasons.

  • It's quick: You only lose a few minutes of your day typing in information.
  • It's a success: You can have faith that DoNotPay will write a convincing letter to your landlord.
  • It's simple: All you need to do is type in information, and we will do the rest.

DoNotPay Can Help in Many Ways

DoNotPay is happy to help you with a variety of tasks, not just writing letters to landlords. Here are some examples of other ways we can help you.

When you sign a lease with a roommate, you always hope things turn out well. Unfortunately, in some cases, you might find yourself needing to break your lease with your roommate. You will want to discuss it with them and plan who will move out. Then, you need to send a letter to your landlord to get the plans approved.

If the thought of writing a letter puts dread in your stomach, DoNotPay can help. We will write a letter on your behalf to send to your landlord. Reach out to us today to see how we can help you with your letter and many other things.

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