Buying & Renting Real Estate : How to Break a Lease

Buying & Renting Real Estate : How to Break a Lease


Hello, my name is Penny Smith, and I’m with
Live Oak Real Estate as a real estate broker here in Wilmington, North Carolina. I’d like
to talk to you today about how to break a lease. When you are renting a home, typically
you do a twelve-month lease on that home. If you come to a point in time before that
12 months is over and find that you are no longer able to live in that home, for whatever
reason, for whatever purpose, I first recommend that you first call the person that holds
the lease and beg them to give you an opportunity to get out of your lease. If you find that
you cannot, then you must hire an attorney. An attorney will advise you of the ramifications
of breaking that lease — the legal as well as the moral ramifications of it — that will
affect you at any point in time. A lease is a legal and binding contract that you enter
into, and you promise to fulfill that contract when you sign it. So if you intend to break
it or you have to break it, I highly recommend that you contact an attorney and have it done
legally. That is how to break a lease. Thank you, and I hope you have a great day.

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