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When can you cancel your lease?

7:32 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tenants break their leases for a number reasons. Reasons range from disliking their landlord to noisy neighbors. But when tenants try to break their lease most discover the lease isn't very flexible.

So when can you break your lease agreement?

  • Call of duty or military service. Uncle Sam is more important that your landlord.
  • The landlord failed to make the necessary repairs in a specified time frame. This is why it is important to make your repair complaints in writing and give the landlord seven days to fix the problems.
  • If you're the victim of domestic violence, if you're being stalked or are the victim of sexual assault.
  • If your neighbor threatens you with a deadly weapon and is arrested, yet the landlord failed to file for an eviction.
  • If you are elderly and you are being forced to live in an assisted living facility.

If you plan to break your rental agreement, you may want to contact your landlord and negotiate an exit. Or you can always consult an attorney.

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