What is common penalty in Bay area to terminating lease early? My annual rent contract expires in June, but I found a great place, and I'm wondering if I would be on the hook for all five months of rent.
This topic has been discussed here previously. Read the contract, details should be there. Common practice is that you have to give 1 month notice and then pay either: 1 month of rent of penalty or pay for the time the manager takes to rent the place back. You should never try to fight with landlord, try to find a good agreement so that they give you something like above. Other landlords (if stated in contract) may try to force you to stay for the duration of contract, that is why you need to be nice and find middle ground for both. If they want to do that, you may sublease the place that is why you really want to have them in your side.