Will I be able to break the lease with my apartment complex if I am getting married to a US Navy member who is about to ship out?

UPDATED: Sep 12, 2011

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Will I be able to break the lease with my apartment complex if I am getting married to a US Navy member who is about to ship out?

My lease isn’t up for almost another 6 months . I plan on getting married to my fiance within the next few weeks, and she will be done with A-school in about 2 weeks. This ceremony will be before she ships to her station. I plan on moving with her but I’m not sure about my lease options. I know there is a military clause in the lease that states the lease can be broken if I am to be transferred by the military provided I can show copies of the transfer orders. Since I will be married to her, will her transfer orders also apply to me?

Asked on September 12, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Mississippi


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You need to carefully read your written lease for the rental that you have in that it controls the obligations owed to you by the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. You mention that there is a provision within it concerning military transfer. Read that provision carefully and see if it applies to your circumstances presently or in the future.

Another option is to simply speak with your landlord about a mutual agreement terminating your lease early where you will have no further obligation upon it after a set date.

Still another option is to sublet your rental to a third party for the balance of the lease with the landlord's written approval.

Good luck.

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