What type of attorney is needed to cancel a solar lease?

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What type of attorney is needed to cancel a solar lease?

We signed up for a 20 year.lease with solarcity and am now being charged by them to remove my panels so I can reroof our home. Not only is the roof going to cost 10k but the solar company wants to charge $499 to remove and install the panels again. We live on a limited income and not sure of our outcome. Would like to sell our home but the contract is going to hinder that if new owners don’t want solar. Can anyone help or give us a good lawyer?

Asked on January 16, 2017 under Business Law, Arizona


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The kind of attorney who could possibly help you is a lawyer who handles business or consumer litigation--while you are a consumer, this is also essentially a "business" dispute (trying to get out of a contract or lease for goods or services), so either type of attorney would have useful experience. That said, you need to bear in mind that you might not be able to get out of the lease. A lease is a contract; as long as the other side is honoring its obligations under the lease, you are in turn obligated to yours, even if they are a hardship. There are no grounds to get out of a lease because it might hurt your ability to resell the home.

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