What options do I have to get out of a lease with an ex-girlfriend?

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What options do I have to get out of a lease with an ex-girlfriend?

Asked on December 18, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you can find a suitable replacement tenant (i.e. one that your landlord will agree to taking your place), you really can't get out of your lease. A lease agreement is a contract, so if you signed it, it is legally binding. Yet while you can't get out of your lease (at least without a replacement tenant), you can still get out of the apartment. Yet, you will remain legally liable for the rent under the remaining lease term.


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