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Old 01-06-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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When I signed the lease on this place, I was a swingin' single gal with no kids.

Now I'm engaged to a man who has two kids who will be staying over every other weekend plus holidays and a few weeks in the summertime. My place doesn't have enough room for all four of us. So...I need out.

My lease does allow subletting to a "suitable" tenant with the landlord's "written permission." I suppose the first step would be to contact the property management company and obtain this permission; I don't see any reason why the landlord wouldn't give it as long as I could find someone just like me to take over the lease. Where's the best place to find a subtenant...craig's list?

Or...does anyone know any loopholes in the law that could allow me to slip out of the lease without much financial penalty?
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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So this is what the perfect tenant does eh? Considering you have bashed all us landlords, now you want to break your lease.

Boy I am just laughing. Why dont you pay the landlord for the rest of the lease!!

d
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:05 AM
 
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Default Honesty works for me

Honesty always works for me.

Just be upfront about the change in your family situation and ask what are your options. You may be pleasantly surprised...

Who knows, there might be a larger unit available on site and no one wants to loose a great tenant... turn overs cost money.

If you go the subletting route, you will in effect become the "Landlord" and responsible for marketing and showcasing the units attributes to prospective renters.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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So this is what the perfect tenant does eh? Considering you have bashed all us landlords, now you want to break your lease.

Boy I am just laughing. Why dont you pay the landlord for the rest of the lease!!

d
I'm looking to sublet it. The other crack was a joke.

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Old 01-06-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Honesty always works for me.

Just be upfront about the change in your family situation and ask what are your options. You may be pleasantly surprised...

Who knows, there might be a larger unit available on site and no one wants to loose a great tenant... turn overs cost money.
I don't think that's an option; it's a private rental.

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If you go the subletting route, you will in effect become the "Landlord" and responsible for marketing and showcasing the units attributes to prospective renters.
I'm prepared to do that. Any advice for marketing?
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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Or...does anyone know any loopholes in the law that could allow me to slip out of the lease without much financial penalty?
Turn this around and picture there is a landlord saying this:

Or...does anyone know any loopholes in the law that could allow me to evict a tenant/not repair a damaged appliance/raise rent/enter without notice without much financial penalty?
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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I have had good luck posting a for rent/lease sign in my vacant units where it can be seen by people passing by. Might be worth a try if you are not prohibited from doing this.
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Turn this around and picture there is a landlord saying this:

Or...does anyone know any loopholes in the law that could allow me to evict a tenant/not repair a damaged appliance/raise rent/enter without notice without much financial penalty?
That's not far off what I've seen some landlords here say, but if you'd read my post to dorothy you'd have seen it was a joke. If I can't sublet the place I'm stuck until the lease ends. *shrug*
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Read your lease, it may contain a termination clause. And if you terminate the lease according to the terms, you are not breaking the lease, or your "promise" to pay the rent, as some landlords refer to it.

Typically, it requires proper notice (60 days is average) and you will either have to pay a fee (shouldn't be more than two months rent) or you might have to pay rent until the unit is re-rented or you lease term ends, whichever comes first. You will be entitled to your deposit if you do it right.

It really depends on the occupancy and demand for the units there. If the community is half empty and tenants are hard to find, the property manager will hold your feet to the fire.

Life happens, good luck.
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Oz
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I'm looking to sublet it. The other crack was a joke.

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What if someone had a way that you could "slip out" of the lease, would it be a joke then?
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