Can I renege on a notice to vacate my apartment?

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Can I renege on a notice to vacate my apartment?

Shortly after move-in 5 months ago, the complex began an extensive rehab of the outside of our building. We were not disclosed this info when we signed our lease. We complained to the leasing office who stated that we could break our lease early, with no penalties, if we wished. We chose to do so, and 2 months ago provided management with a notice to vacate at the end of this month. Since then, we have decided it would be in our best interest to remain renting our apartment until the original lease is up next year. Can we renege on the notice to vacate?

Asked on July 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, if you provided notice to the landlord that you would terminate your tenancy and vacate by a certain date, you must leave by then unless the landlord allows you to stay. You can, of course, ask them to let you remain, or even offer to sign a new lease, if you like, but  it's up to them whether to accept or not.


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