MTV housing: breaking a lease

Google Bno99
Jul 31 18 Comments

I signed a 1 year lease in June for a 3 bdrm house for my family and I. I ended up getting a role that let's me move back to the Midwest where I'm from. We want to move in a couple months but we'll still have 8 months left on the lease.

Our contract doesn't say anything about early termination of the lease.

I've heard about the CA law that requires a landlord to try to fill in a vacancy as soon as possible, so the tenant doesn't have to pay the rest of the lease.

Anyone have experience with this? What are my best options? Is it pretty easy to find someone to take over your lease?

Many thanks in advance!

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TOP 18 Comments
  • Davey leetRabbit
    Why you want to leave Google for Midwest...I am from Midwest too but thinking of the opposite
    Jul 31 2
    • Google Bno99
      OP
      The Bay area has many positives but it's ridiculously expensive, especially for someone with a family. It's also a big rat race and makes you lose perspective. Same criticisms you'll find in blog posts, etc. And probably most of all, we just missed family.

      Depends what stage you're at in life. If you're young and single with no responsibilities, id say come here for the experience and after some time here, decide if you want to stay long term. Good luck!
      Jul 31
    • Davey leetRabbit
      Welcome back to Midwest...you will be treated like a King here since you came from Google.
      Jul 31
  • Facebook public2
    Talk to your landlord?
    Jul 31 3
    • Autodesk boba415
      What a great idea
      Jul 31
    • Facebook public2
      Doesn't appear op did so stating the obvious, they may be willing to work with op.
      Jul 31
    • Google Bno99
      OP
      That's a good point, they may be understanding. I mainly wanted to be armed with as much possible info and experience from others before reaching out to them.
      Aug 1
  • Oracle / Eng loloj
    Most apartment community make you pay 2 month rent if you want to break your lease.

    Maybe check in your lease documents?
    Jul 31 2
    • Google Bno99
      OP
      It's not a community, it's a single owner who owns this one townhouse we're renting.
      Jul 31
    • Oracle / Eng loloj
      May be find someone else to take over your lease.

      Even if its from owner leasing documents should still have a clause for this scenario. Don't think you can break the lease whenever you want
      Jul 31
  • Uber gRtV35
    Don’t leave it in the landlord’s hand to fill it, s/he could sit on it for a month or longer and you’d be on the hook. Start sourcing for a replacement. Look for criteria’s that you had to fill the lease, i.e., good income, credit score, pets, etc. If you want to move by x date, gather all the potential candidates info and give to owner letting them know they will move in on x date. That way owner can’t say they couldn’t find anyone. And you’re off the hook.
    Aug 1 1
    • Google Bno99
      OP
      Makes sense, thanks!
      Aug 1
  • Intel / Eng mochi_
    Don’t worry. It’s very easy to find someone to take over your lease in the Bay Area. Yes, the landlord has the obligation to mitigate the “loss”. He/she should start posting and finding new tenants. Meanwhile, you can also try to find someone to be the next tenant in case the landlord doesn’t actively do it.
    I did that before I moved out of the Bay Area. It took me two weeks in total to sign the new lease with the landlord.
    Jul 31 1
    • Google Bno99
      OP
      That's great info, thank you so much!
      Jul 31
  • Walmart / Ops kaleen_b
    Sublease it
    Jul 31 1
    • Google Bno99
      OP
      Is that allowed? The contract makes mention of subleasing.
      Jul 31
  • New IiEX37
    tv shows lease houses now?
    Aug 2 0
  • Usually you're financially responsible till the end of the lease.
    When I did it, I just found new tenants, took about 10 days of showings.
    Aug 1 0