Tenants, Landlords, and Leases

BREAKING YOUR LEASE: Lesson 3

A Few Legal Reasons to Break a Lease

  • You can probably move out before the end of a lease, and not owe any money, if:
    • You go on active military duty, and you give your landlord 30 days notice that you will be leaving.
    • The rental unit is unsafe to live in, according to local and state housing codes, because a major repair is needed, like repair to the water, heat, or electrical systems, the roof leaks, the floor is rotten …
    • Your landlord harasses you, doing things like interrupting your utility service, changing locks, or removing doors or windows.
    • The landlord violates your privacy rights, for instance the landlord enters the rental unit without giving you 24 hours’ notice to show it to a future renter, as required under Tennessee law.
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