What You Need to Know About Breaking a Month-to-Month Lease
Leasing is a popular way to have a place to live without requiring that you permanently settle in an area. It's also great for people who don't want to deal with fixing things that go wrong in their living space. Depending on your life situation, you might be renting month-to-month so that you can quickly escape your lease if needed. If you want to know about breaking a month-to-month lease, this guide will help.
Month-to-month leases give you a lot of flexibility, but it also often feels like your landlord can kick you out at any time if they feel they have just cause. If you need to move out before the end of your monthly rent cycle, you would have to break your lease early. If you have to break your lease, you will need to write a letter to your landlord informing them you need to move out.
DoNotPay is happy to help you by writing a letter to your landlord on your behalf.
Important Leasing Rules by State
Certain regulations will be the same no matter what state you are in. However, each state might vary a bit in how they treat month-to-month leases. For example, each state has different rules about when you have to give notice before breaking your lease. Check out more information about leasing in your state in the chart below:
Keep in mind that no matter where you live, breaking a lease can cause you to end up with an eviction on your record, a bad hit to your credit score, and fines for breaking your lease early. These factors can make leasing again very difficult.
Legal Reasons to Break Your Month-to-Month Lease
Although many reasons are not sufficient for breaking a lease without extra effort and possible penalties for breaking your lease, there are some legal reasons that allow you to break your lease more easily:
- Active military duty
- Domestic violence
- Uninhabitable conditions
- Landlord harassment or privacy invasions
- A clause in your lease about early lease termination
Even for these legal reasons, the laws vary state to state, and you likely will need to have sufficient proof that your case fits one of these reasons to effectively avoid penalties related to breaking your lease early.
How to Break a Month-to-Month Lease on Your Own
With month-to-month leases, many states only require you to give a month's notice that you are leaving, but this varies. Also, some landlords will require you to give it on a certain date, or it won't count until the next month.
If you need to leave and can't give a month's notice:
- You will be responsible for paying the rest of the month's lease.
- You also risk irritating your landlord, which could be a problem if the next place you rent from contacts them. Your landlord can also sue you for breach of contract.
Also, keep in mind that once you give your notice, it's final. You can't just change your mind. As soon as you tell your landlord you are leaving, they will start trying to find a new tenant. Don't give notice unless you are absolutely sure you will be leaving.
How to Use DoNotPay to Break Your Month-to-Month Lease Easily
Generally, you will go to a month-to-month lease if you believe that you will be moving soon. If you end up needing to end the lease earlier than the end of the month, DoNotPay can help. We can create a demand letter for you that will explain to your landlord why it’s necessary that you can break your lease early.
Here's how to get started in 3 easy steps:
- Search Break My Lease on DoNotPay.
- Prepare a signed copy of your lease that you can use as a reference, and enter the state the lease was signed in.
- Let us guide you through the 4 potential options.
DoNotPay creates the right solution for you, depending on your specific circumstances, which may include:
- 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.
Why You Should Use DoNotPay to Break Your Month-to-Month Lease
Writing a letter to explain why you need to break your month-to-month lease early can be difficult. Instead, let DoNotPay write it. Here's why you should use DoNotPay.
- It's easy: You give us information about your situation, and we do everything else.
- It's quick: You don't have to spend much time at all giving us information.
- It's a success: You can trust that DoNotPay will write a letter for your landlord to get you out of your month-to-month lease.
DoNotPay Is Here to Help With Many Problems
Writing letters to landlords is just one of many things we can do for you. Below are several other things DoNotPay can do for you.
- Help you change your mailing address
- Help you file a warranty claim
- File a complaint against a company
Renting can be great, but problems can arise if you need to end your lease before it is set to expire. If you have a month-to-month lease, it's best to try to stick it out to the end of the month, but if you need to leave early, you will have to write a letter to your landlord pleading your case.
If you would like help writing the letter, DoNotPay is here for you. Contact us today to see how we can help with your letter and discover everything else we can do for you.