For those individuals living in an apartment that they simply cannot stand, or for those having to relocate due to a new job or a sick loved one, or for those simply looking for a change, a lease may appear to be like a ball and chain restricting the tenant from making any changes. Despite this, there are a couple of options that allow for breaking a lease with a minimum of consequences.
One may consider buying out their contract. This option may be the easiest method when it comes to getting out or breaking free from a lease. Check the paperwork, as most leases include some sort of buyout clause where an individual pays a certain penalty and a portion of rent, and then they are allowed out of their lease without any further complications. If the amount turns out to be rather low, this may definitely be the route to take. Sometimes, and rather often, methods for breaking a lease can involve legal intervention, which in turn can quickly become pricey from a financial point of view, as well as emotional.
Another route to take would be to find something wrong with the apartment. However, while this method may prove itself to work, it may be difficult to effectively argue your claim. While it may seem easy to come up with a rather large list of things wrong with the apartment in question, it may be difficult to locate a problem that actually violates the landlord’s end of the lease. Look over the lease and the apartment literature with your lawyer, and be on the lookout for specific promises and expectations granted to you by the apartment. For example, if a pamphlet or brochure advertises upcoming renovations and improvements to the complex, and these improvements have yet to take place, the tenant may have an arguable claim.
Another common method for tenants to break a lease is to sublet the Baltimore apartment for rent. Try to complete the process yourself, as sometimes apartment complex employees will try to get the individual to rent an entire new apartment instead of sub leasing yours.