If Ilost my job and can’t afford the rent, how doI get out of the lease?

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If Ilost my job and can’t afford the rent, how doI get out of the lease?

Asked on February 14, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Nevada

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, the fact that you lost you job is not the landlord's concern--he, she, or it does not need to let you out of the lease on this basis. You can only get out of a lease, other than when it expires, if--

1) The landlord breached or violated any material, or important, terms--like not actually letting you use some of the space you rented.

2) The property is effectively uninhabitable, such as due to a lack of heat, major roof leaks, a serious mold condition, etc.

3) The landlord denies you "quiet enjoyment," such as by entering your rental premises without notice and permission, or harassing you while you're in your space.

4) There was some fraud, or material misrepresentation made, to induce you to sign the lease; for  example, you told the landlord you have asthma which is exaccerbated by second hand smoke; the landord assured you it was a no-smoking building; but all your neighbors do smoke and you're being affected by it.

Apart from the above, you would seem to be bound to your lease until it's expiration.


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