Sample Letter To Break Lease Due To Medical Reasons
When you signed your lease, you did so with the expectation that you would get to enjoy all that your living space has to offer. In some cases, this does not happen due to a lack of preparation by your landlord, and you may be entitled to compensation. It could also be that your circumstances have changed due to a new or worsening medical condition, making it impossible to take advantage of all your amenities. If you need to get out of your current lease for medical reasons, DoNotPay can help.
Causes for Breaking Your Lease Without Penalty
Lawfully Breaking Your Lease
When you sign a rental agreement, you promise payment to your landlord for the entire term. While legal reasons for breaking a lease vary by state and city, you may find clauses in your landlord-tenant laws that allow you to break your lease without penalty for:
- Health and safety code violations
- Repeated unnecessary access to your unit without your consent
- Damage to the unit or missing amenities that substantially affect its value
If you'd like to see the specific laws surrounding breaking a lease in your state, view the appropriate link in the table below:
Consequences of Breaking a Lease Without Cause
If you cannot find support for your case in the landlord-tenant laws, try contacting a local renter's rights group before you leave your unit. You can be sued for leaving without giving proper notice to your landlord, potentially having to pay
- One month's rent
- Rent for the remainder of your lease term, in addition to any court fees incurred
- Rent until your landlord can rent the unit to a new tenant
You may also suffer possible damage to your credit if you don’t pay the fees charged.
How far in advance you must notify your landlord may vary according to the terms of your lease, but 30 days is most common for a fixed-term lease.
How to Write Your Letter to Break Your Lease
If you would like to send your landlord a letter to give notice that you are breaking your lease, there are a few pieces of information you must include:
- Your name
- The date you are writing
- Your unit address - Your landlord may manage multiple properties
- When you plan to leave your unit
- Why you are breaking your lease
- What accommodations could make your unit livable - State law may require you to allow the landlord to make the unit accessible for you.
- Your new address
- Medical documents to provide proof of your condition and that your unit no longer meets your needs.
You must include a forwarding address so your landlord can contact you once you've left the unit. They may need to send
- Your security deposit
- Any possessions left behind
To prove that you sent your letter with enough notice, you may wish to send it through certified mail.
Sample Letter for Breaking Your Lease for Medical Needs
You may draft a letter similar to the sample below to send to your landlord and request to break your lease.
[Your Current Rental Address]
Dear [Landlord's Name],
I am writing to give you advance notice that I will be breaking my lease due to [Medical Condition]. This unit does not have [Necessary Accommodation for Your Condition]. This is covered by [State Law or Residential Code]. I will be vacating the unit on [Date]. My security deposit and any mail can be sent to [Your New Address]. I can be contacted at [Your Contact Information] to schedule a final inspection and return my keys.
[Attach medical documentation]
Get Your Letter Written by DoNotPay
If you are trying to contact your landlord about breaking your lease due to a medical condition, you could write your letter yourself, or you could save time and have DoNotPay do it for you. It only takes three 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.
- 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.
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