Can I be let out of my lease if I believe that I am being harrassed by other tenants ?

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Can I be let out of my lease if I believe that I am being harrassed by other tenants ?

I have lived in my complex for about 1 1/2 years and since day 1 I have been harrassed about my dog, my grill, my company, and false allegations. Other tenants knocking on my door and asking me questions. So I want to know if I can terminate my lease with the person I’m renting from and recover my deposit back?

Asked on May 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, you most likely cannot terminate your lease without penalty. The landlord is not reponsible for the acts of third parties--e.g. the other tenants--in the vast majority of cases, and strife between you and other tenants is not typically grounds for terminating you lease (which is a contract) with the landlord.

There is an exception if the other tenants' actions are so egregrious as to constitute a violation of your right to quiet enjoyment (think "disturbing the peace") and the landlord refuses to take action to stop it after you have provided him notice of the situation. But this would be more than false accusations or knocking on your door; this would be like playing loud noice late a night, vandalizing your property or threatening you, blocking your paking spot or ingress/egress, etc. From what you write, it does not appear that this behavior rises to the level where it would be considered interference with your right to quiet enjoyment, and if it does not, the landlord does not have to do anything about it--and you would not have grounds to terminate your lease.


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