As a landlord can you get out of a signed lease agreement before the renter moves in?

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As a landlord can you get out of a signed lease agreement before the renter moves in?

Asked on December 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A lease is a contract: once the parties have agreed to it (e.g. signed it), they are bound to its terms. You can only "get out" of the lease if either the tenant breaches its terms in some material, or significant, way (since one party's material breach allows the other party to treat the contract/lease as terminated) or if the lease itself has some clause or provision allowing you to terminate it, and you comply with that provision's rules or requirements.


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