How can I be released from a lease?

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How can I be released from a lease?

I recently leased an apartment. The tenants in several apartments below me are constantly fighting/screaming at each other at all hours. They are very intimidating to me because I’m of a different ethnic group than they. I believe there is criminal activity occurring but I haven’t called the police for fear of retaliation. Do I have grounds to be released from my lease? There are 10 months left.

Asked on June 14, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, based on what you write, you do not have grounds to be released from your lease. The lease is a contract between you and the landlord; the activities, even disturbing or criminal activities, of third parties, like those other tenants, do not provide grounds to terminate the contract. So long as the landlord is honoring his/her obligations, you are bound to the lease.

If you suspect criminal activity, the correct recourse is to contact the police.


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