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Old 06-09-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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A roommate wants to break their lease a month before it ends. They want to sublet the last month to a subtenant. As a landlord, I do not want to get into all this mess for just one-month. The lease I signed with the tenant prohibits sub-leasing. But they cited the Chicago landord-tenant ordinance that says you must allow subleasing. What is the best way to handle this?
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I'd let the tenant out of the lease one month early.

Years ago I had a tenant do a sublease, and it was a nightmare. Took me forever to get her out.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:41 PM
 
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Problem is I lose one-month's rent if I let them early.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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TALK TO YOUR LANDLORD!!!

If your lease ends in July it may be to the landlord's advantage to get you out early, get the place listed and rented.

The key is how you approach this -- some landlords run everything out to the nickel in a spreadsheet and others are clueless as to what they promised to tenants.

A simple email or phone message that said something like "Becuase of a change in our situatiuon we are considering moving out of our apartment before the end of lease. What would be required to release us from part of the last month's rent?" is often generic enough to start a conversation...
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Koctail IS the landlord. You need to work on your reading comprehension.
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Suburb of Chicago
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If you're not well-versed on the ordinance you should probably read it to see if any exclusions apply in your case.
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Suburb of Chicago
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Problem is I lose one-month's rent if I let them early.

I'm confused. How do you lose one month's rent? The tenant leaves a month early but then you rent it out again.

What am I missing?
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Problem is I lose one-month's rent if I let them early.
Problem is, if the original tenant gives the sublet a key, and the sublet is there for - I believe it is 10 days - they cannot be removed but by eviction. Which can take several months. And you still might lose.

What's one month's rent really worth?
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Lincoln Park, Chicago
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What's one month's rent really worth?
One twelfth of annual rent.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Were you planning to re-sign the lease? Why don't you just look for a new year-long tenant? (Starting the month your roommate is leaving.)

If you weren't planning to re-sign, you could approach your landlord and see whether you can get out of the apartment one month early.
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