How to successfully break a lease

Posted at 6:05 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 19:05:33-04

If you signed a lease but need to move out early, you could be on the hook for paying the rent for the remaining months of the lease. But there are a few things that you can do to break free from having to pay for an entire year.

One of the best ways to successfully break your lease is to give your landlord plenty of notice. The sooner that you let them know, the greater the chance that the unit gets rented. When you give notice, provide an honest, sincere and detailed written statement why you are vacating early. This can go a long way in a landlord agreeing to let you out of the lease early without holding you responsible for additional months of rent. And, if possible, refer other qualified candidates to the landlord to help the unit get rented sooner.

There are some circumstances when the landlord may be required to let you out of the lease, such as:

* You are a member of the military and are being deployed for 90 days or more.

* You can prove there is a serious health or safety issue that your landlord knew about but failed to fix in a reasonable time.

* You or your children are in imminent danger of physical harm due to domestic violence, child abuse or stalking. But you may need to provide legal documentation such as a court order to prove this.

For more information about landlord/tenant rights, visit the website for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade And Consumer Protection.