Is it legal for our landlord to break our lease?

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Is it legal for our landlord to break our lease?

My husband and I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with our 7.5 month old son. We signed our lease before he was born and it is up in 2 months. Our landlord told us yesterday that we have to move to a 2 bedroom at the end of next month, a month before our lease is up. Is this legal for them to force us to move somewhere else before our lease ends? We will have to submit a whole new application and pay a $100 deposit plus the cost of rent which will be $100 more than what we are paying now.

Asked on May 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No he can not terminate or render your lease void on his own.  He would need a court order doing so.  You did not give a reason that he was doing what he was doing.  Is it becuase the occupancy for that aprtment did not include your son?  Well having a baby is different in my opinion that letting your Mothe in law sleep on your couch.  So stick to your guns and tell him no.  But when the lease is up you may have to go.  Good luck.


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