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Old 10-08-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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I signed the 2 years lease because the LL cheated me that there would be no early termination penalty if I inform her 3 months earlier. And, it said to use security deposit for re-rent penalty in the lease if breach lease happens. So I trusted her without any doubt when I put my signature on the lease. What a stupid decision!!!
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Also, I can't agree that a change of school district is not an urgent need or reason to relocate. I'm not familiar with the district the OP is talking about, but I know how I would feel if my son had to change schools, especially if the school he would be put into was subpar and/or bad for some reason. Kids in traditional school have only barely started the school year. So yeah, as a parent, it would be a big freaking deal to have this happen, and yes, I would move if I felt strongly enough about it.
It's not really pertinent to the lease, but Northside is a BRAND NEW elementary school this year in Chapel Hill. EVERY SINGLE STUDENT going there is there for the first time as of August 26. Everyone that was redistricted there was redistricted by neighborhood. So, if your child got redistricted there, so did the kid next door, the child down the street, etc. No one got redistricted there by themselves and none of it happened mid-year unless it was by choice. Everyone started on the first day of school with their neighbors.

Is it ideal to get redistricted? No. Is it a big freaking deal to be moved to a new school with your whole neighborhood where every single person in the school is also brand new to the school? No And all of this happens before school starts for the year? No.

This school does not have a bad reputation. It has no reputation. It's a brand new facility, a LEED certified school, with most of the staff coming from the various other elementary schools in the district. And it's in Chapel Hill which is arguably the best district in the state. URGENT? No way.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I signed the 2 years lease because the LL cheated me that there would be no early termination penalty if I inform her 3 months earlier. And, it said to use security deposit for re-rent penalty in the lease if breach lease happens. So I trusted her without any doubt when I put my signature on the lease. What a stupid decision!!!
That was your first problem. Never agree to anything verbally in business. Get it in writing. Now you'll know for next time.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I just don't see how demanding you pay out the lease is even legal or enforceable. It will cost the person more to come after you legally than it would for them to eat their security deposit and re-rent the place. It may be worth seeking a third or even a fourth legal opinion to see if you can get a consensus.
If that were true there would be no need to sign any legal document. "Hey just stay as long as you want and leave when you're done".

LL would probably go after legal costs as well.

OP signed a lease that said they would be there 2 years. OP wants to break the lease early. As stated above the LL has to try to rent the place, but if it doesn't rent, then OP pays until it is rented.

Its called taking care of your responsibilities.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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As I said earlier, I don't know anything about this district or the school or anything to do with education in Chapel Hill. I wasn't making inferences or trying to slam the school, FFS. I have no stake in this. I was only going on what little information the OP provided.

Obviously this level of detail in the explanation changes things. If it's not a safety issue, I don't see what the problem is with the school.

Perhaps the OP will enlighten us.

For the moment I'll ignore the petty digs some have made about "taking care of responsibilities" -- something I know quite a bit about, thank you very much.


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It's not really pertinent to the lease, but Northside is a BRAND NEW elementary school this year in Chapel Hill. EVERY SINGLE STUDENT going there is there for the first time as of August 26. Everyone that was redistricted there was redistricted by neighborhood. So, if your child got redistricted there, so did the kid next door, the child down the street, etc. No one got redistricted there by themselves and none of it happened mid-year unless it was by choice. Everyone started on the first day of school with their neighbors.

Is it ideal to get redistricted? No. Is it a big freaking deal to be moved to a new school with your whole neighborhood where every single person in the school is also brand new to the school? No And all of this happens before school starts for the year? No.

This school does not have a bad reputation. It has no reputation. It's a brand new facility, a LEED certified school, with most of the staff coming from the various other elementary schools in the district. And it's in Chapel Hill which is arguably the best district in the state. URGENT? No way.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:00 PM
 
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I signed the 2 years lease because the LL cheated me that there would be no early termination penalty if I inform her 3 months earlier. And, it said to use security deposit for re-rent penalty in the lease if breach lease happens. So I trusted her without any doubt when I put my signature on the lease. What a stupid decision!!!
Security deposits are for damages not for anything else.

I would think if there is no early termination clause in the lease, you are liable for the entire amount. The point of the lease goes both ways - they can't raise the rent on you and you are going to stay put for that amount of time.

It might be too late but in the past, I once had to break my lease. It was re-rented in under 3 days! I didn't have to pay a cent toward additional rent. If the LL can re-rent the unit you should not be forced to pay the entire sum. Work out a deal where you will pay until they re-rent it.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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Another really important factor to consider - the rental market in Chapel Hill is tied very closely with the UNC academic calendar. If you move out now, the house will almost certainly be vacant until December/January. It very likely might be vacant until May/June/July.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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As I said earlier, I don't know anything about this district or the school or anything to do with education in Chapel Hill. I wasn't making inferences or trying to slam the school, FFS. I have no stake in this. I was only going on what little information the OP provided.

Obviously this level of detail in the explanation changes things. If it's not a safety issue, I don't see what the problem is with the school.

Perhaps the OP will enlighten us.

For the moment I'll ignore the petty digs some have made about "taking care of responsibilities" -- something I know quite a bit about, thank you very much.
Sorry, I wasn't trying to make a dig about you. I was just trying to explalin the situation to show that it wasn't an urgent situation. I'm pretty particular about schools, and this would be a non-issue to me. It's certainly not urgent enough to break a lease.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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Sorry, I wasn't trying to make a dig about you. I was just trying to explalin the situation to show that it wasn't an urgent situation. I'm pretty particular about schools, and this would be a non-issue to me. It's certainly not urgent enough to break a lease.
I have no doubt about the teaching quality in the new school-Northside. But I worry a lot about the environment and students population in the new school. Northside population data showed poverty >40% by bussing in 74A. The redistricted students are bailed at the first hint of school failure. If you are in Chapel Hill, you may know how may families/parents appealed for the plan of Northside school early of this year. Though, the school board choose to ignore the parents opinions.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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Security deposits can be used for unpaid rent.

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