Is there anyway out of our lease legally due to cime in our complex?

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Is there anyway out of our lease legally due to cime in our complex?

Our lease is up in 4 months. We are going to give our complex 30 days but we are trying to avoid and additional charges (besides the rent for the 30 days). We have had items stolen off our truck in the parking lot and the commmunity knows of break-ins in the community. They sent a letter to everyone in the community letting them know that there have been break-ins and to keep all doors locked. But this hasn’t helped the items stolen off my truck. The complex also said that they were going to be hiring security, which never happened.

Asked on February 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The only way you can terminate your lease without any recourse for money owed to your landlord due to the crime situation where you are living is to prove that the landlord knew before you entered into your lease that crime was an issue and this was not disclosed to you.

Unless you can determine this, you unfortunately are on the hook for the balance of the four (4) months remaining under the lease. I suggest that you may wish to consult with a landlord tenant attorney further about your situation.


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