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How would one go about negotiating out of a lease due to uncomfortable living standards?

Asked by Disc2021 (4491points) January 19th, 2011

Last semester I moved in with three roommates – one of them being a good friend and two of them being acquaintances. I signed a lease to live here for the year and move out in May. I’ve already given a taste of what one of them is like when I asked my question previously for insight on how to deal with a roommate who neglects animals. The other roommate has a dog living here and engages in pot smoking (both things that break the lease agreement).

This semester, things are a little different. Since I’ve moved back in, I’ve discovered the first day that my friend was moving out and that both of our cars were hit in the parking lot (mind you, my car was hit last semester as well but no one confessed up to it. We caught our other roommate in a lie this time). The other roommate has a power complex and has since taken sides with the other roommate (the one involving the cat situation). My friend is moving out and he has a replacement for his room.

I can’t live another night in this place. However, if I want to move out, my choices are breaking the lease or continuing payment for the remaining months – which is out of the question. I want to approach the landlord and basically say that I’m not exactly comfortable living here because of the pot smoking that goes on, the animals and the fact that my car has been vandalized twice – but I’m also going to state that I don’t want to disclose any names nor get anyone in trouble, I frankly just want out at this point. The landlord seems nice and understanding but I’m not exactly sure how well all of this will go over. I should also note that although things are unfriendly with the other two remaining roommates, I do not want to turn anything into a big legal dispute.

Does anyone have any advice for me – other than to obviously choose my living standards more thoroughly next time?

Before anyone gets on my case for signing a lease with people I didn’t exactly trust; know very well – let’s just say you don’t truly know someone until you live with them. I needed a place at the time and times were desperate. They seemed like reasonable people at the time but their true colors have since shown.

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deni's avatar

I would go directly to the landlord and explain the situation like you explained it here. They should understand and hopefully they’ll be able to work somethin out….

963chris's avatar

Or just cop out on the lease + leave; otherwise, you can call in the heat perhaps.

marinelife's avatar

Have all four of you signed the lease? If so, then I would speak to the other two about wanting to leave and ask them if they have any ideas for someone to replace you. They may have a friend who could move in letting you out of the lease.

I doubt that the landlord will be helpful without someone new to replace you to move in.

faye's avatar

@marinelife beat me. They might prefer someone who likes to smoke pot with them and let you out easily.

YARNLADY's avatar

If they have already broken the lease, you are not legally required to uphold your part. The lease counts for everyone on everything. When one person breaks the terms of the lease, the lease is void.

Judi's avatar

@yarnlady; that’s not really true. If yhe OWNER didnt hold up their end he might not be obligated, but he may even be responsible for the behavior of his room mates.

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