Can You Break A Lease If You Are Being Harassed

Break My Lease Can You Break A Lease If You Are Being Harassed

How To Break A Lease If You Are Being Harassed

Nothing is worse than being stuck in a rental agreement in a place that isn't good for your mental or physical wellbeing. Taking the harassment is not an option, and some individuals don't relent even after the police have been involved. Can you break your lease because of harassment, though?

DoNotPay can help craft legal letters to help get you out of your lease and ease your mind.

Tenant Rights and Responsibilities When Signing a Lease

You signed a lease, and no matter what state you live in, you cannot just break a lease because it's a legal obligation to pay for the property. The lease terms dictate exactly how much and for how long the payments should continue. They also say how much notice is required before vacating the residence, otherwise, you may be penalized for early termination of the lease.

What are a tenant's rights?

  • The right to privacy
  • Clean and safe living space
  • Freedom from discrimination against prospective tenants based on race, religion, gender, age, and marital status.

A harassment case can be considered a violation of safe environment right. This can be from other tenants or the landlord or within the household and friends.

When Breaking a Lease Is Justified?

Breaking a lease should not be taken lightly. Incorrectly done can give the landlord the right to pursue legal action against you. You can legally break the lease if you:

  • Give written, dated, and timely notice of imminent move due to a new job.
  • Have significant financial changes prevent continued lease with on-time payments, again in writing with proof and ample notice.
  • Have substantial interference wherein the issues have to be serious, like no heat, sewage overflows, constant late-night noise issues, or cockroaches and rodents.
  • Are buying a new home - some leases don't allow the lease to be broken because of this.
  • Are getting a divorce that forces the separation and splitting of finances.
  • Are getting a new military assignment. You should provide written proof of new orders.

How to Break Your Lease Because of Harassment

Harassment may come from a friend, family member, another tenant, or even your landlord. The law usually provides coverage to break your lease immediately due to harassment. Harassment is considered domestic violence and is therefore reportable and can have dire consequences for the offender. Providing proof, such as a police report, can help you break your lease legally and immediately. Take care, though. Breaking a lease may harm your credit history.

Breaking Leases by State

If you choose to break a lease, you might want to check out the various rules different states have on when it is legal to break your lease. Each of these states has unique rules:

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 Your Lease on Your Own

You can write a letter, take it to a notary and deliver it to your landlord to legally file your notice. Bad landlords may take it and "lose" it, so be sure to keep an extra copy. Another option is to have a lawyer assist you in terminating your lease. No matter which way you choose, it involves taking time off work, meetings, and legal fees. There has to be a faster, more secure, and easier way.

Break Your Lease With the Help of DoNotPay

Of course, there is! Allow DoNotPay to craft the legal letters and deliver them 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.



  1. If you're a uniformed serviceman breaking a lease to fulfill your service obligations, we'll send your landlord an SCRA Protection Letter.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Use DoNotPay to Break Your Lease

Using DoNotPay to break your lease means you get more time to search for a new apartment. Not only that but the swiftness and ease with which DoNotPay constructs the lease termination letters and sends them means that there is always a copy available to you. DoNotPay will notify you when the termination letter is sent.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

You breathe a sigh of relief after you file your immediate lease termination for harassment, but what else can you get done with just a few clicks of your mouse? DoNotPay can assist with:

Allow DoNotPay to help get you out of this situation, and get back on track!

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