Tenants, Landlords, and Leases


Reducing Bad Consequences of Breaking a Lease

  • Read the lease. Check to see if there is a condition in the lease that allows you or the landlord to shorten the time you must live in the rental unit.
    • It might say you have to just give a certain amount of advance notice that you will be moving, or it might say you just have to find a new renter.
  • Talk to your landlord as soon as possible about your situation. The landlord might be understanding and willing to work with you
    • In Tennessee, the landlord must make reasonable efforts to find a suitable tenant. If not, you will not be responsible for the rest of the rent. If he tries and cannot find a suitable tenant, you WILL be responsible for the rent for the rest of the lease period.
    • If the landlord allows you to find another tenant (called a “sublet”), you will still be responsible to pay for the rest of the lease period if the new tenant doesn’t work out. READ YOUR CONTRACT to be sure.
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