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Old 09-03-2008, 06:44 AM
 
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Default Lease termination question

My current Altamonte Springs, FL apartment is a little less flexible than most in lease terms.
I'm on a 13 month lease, and I want to be able to leave the area if I find new work in another location. The termination clause that I would be responsible for is 60 days notice, 1 month rent termination, and a returning of all concessions (free rent). I'm fine with that. But it also makes me responsible until a new tenant is found. This complex is pretty nice, but it is semi-vacant. I feel that I could find a new tenant to take my specific apartment if I grease their palm and I'm ok about that too, but it's obviously an effort.
My question is, that if the apartment complex isn't taking care of facilities, would that give me extra leverage in getting out of the lease? Upon the initial visit 3 months ago, the management stated it was going to replace the gym equipment whose cables were off and still is. The heated jacuzzi after moving in was in disrepair and taped off for weeks. The tape is off, but the thing still isn't heating.
I didn't really care about these issues too greatly (though it would be nice if they got repaired), but can I use them to my advantage in termination? (also note that the complex is partially condo/partially rental).
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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My current Altamonte Springs, FL apartment is a little less flexible than most in lease terms.
I'm on a 13 month lease, and I want to be able to leave the area if I find new work in another location. The termination clause that I would be responsible for is 60 days notice, 1 month rent termination, and a returning of all concessions (free rent). I'm fine with that. But it also makes me responsible until a new tenant is found. This complex is pretty nice, but it is semi-vacant. I feel that I could find a new tenant to take my specific apartment if I grease their palm and I'm ok about that too, but it's obviously an effort.
My question is, that if the apartment complex isn't taking care of facilities, would that give me extra leverage in getting out of the lease? Upon the initial visit 3 months ago, the management stated it was going to replace the gym equipment whose cables were off and still is. The heated jacuzzi after moving in was in disrepair and taped off for weeks. The tape is off, but the thing still isn't heating.
I didn't really care about these issues too greatly (though it would be nice if they got repaired), but can I use them to my advantage in termination? (also note that the complex is partially condo/partially rental).
Thanks
There is probably nothing that you can do that will expedite nor reduce the cost of your lease termination. If there was an actual health or safety issue within in your rental, that management refuses to repair, you could have grounds to withhold the rent until remedied. It would be a long stretch to think that rent could be withheld because a jacuzzi isn't warm enough or not all gym equipment functions properly, unless this is guaranteed specifically in your lease.
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Old 09-03-2008, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Hallandale, FL
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Have you talked to the apartment complex? I was faced with terminating the lease early. I told them my situation and I was able to leave without a termination fee, just 60 day notice. Saved me a couple grand. I was just honest about everything.
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