I recently was laid off from work and can’t afford my rent. CanI break my lease if I have 8 months left into my contract?

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I recently was laid off from work and can’t afford my rent. CanI break my lease if I have 8 months left into my contract?

Asked on June 18, 2009 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

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J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer and practice in this area.  I am not certain that breaking the lease is what you want to do.  I suggest first talking to the landlord about the situation.  Maybe he will agree to let you slide for a few months till you get a new job.  If he does, make sure that agreement is in writing.  You can also try to pay a compromised amount as a payoff of the balance of the term to avoid a judgment against you for not paying the balance of the rent.  Try to work this out b4 breaching the lease and creating a new problem.


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