How can I break my lease within2 hours of signing it?

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How can I break my lease within2 hours of signing it?

I signed a lease, paid $250 administrative fee, $80 for the credit check. 2 hours later I realized it was not in my best interest. I called the apartment complex and they said nothing could be done because I signed.

Asked on August 16, 2011 Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, the apartment complex is correct--once you have signed a lease (or, for that matter, any contract), you are obligated to it, and you  may not change your mind 2 hours later--or even 2 minutes later. You could try to negotiate with the complex--maybe they'll let you out if you pay them 2 months rent, for  example, without even moving it--but that is voluntary on their part. Otherwise, you can only get out of the lease:

1) If fraud (basically important or significant lies) were involved in getting you to sign it;

2) The landlord violates some material, or important, term of the lease;

3) The apartment is not fit for use as a residence (e.g. mold, holes in roof, major leaks, no hot water, etc.)

 


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