If a bullet entered my apartment and was very close to my children and me, can I legally break my lease?

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If a bullet entered my apartment and was very close to my children and me, can I legally break my lease?

Neighbor claimed accidental discharge. Police made report. Apartment offered transfer within complex. None of the locations are favorable

Asked on May 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, this would not be legal grounds to break your lease without penalty. Your lease is a contract between you and your landlord; as with any contract, its validity is not affected by the criminal acts of unrelated third parties. The landlord is not responsible for the wrongful criminal acts of its other tenants.


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