Non-Payment Eviction – If you fail to pay your rent or break your lease in another major way, the landlord can have you evicted within two weeks of breaching the contract.
Liability for Expenses Incurred – Tenants could lose more than their deposit if they breach their lease.
Is breaking your lease the same as an eviction?
A lease is a binding contract, but most states offer legitimate reasons to break one. There are also many reasons your landlord can evict you, which isn’t the same as breaking your lease, but evictions have similar barriers to renting an apartment.
What happens if you get evicted from a lease?
If a tenant fails to pay rent, breaks a rule, or significantly damages the property, then it is considered breach of contract and you have grounds for eviction. If there are people living in the unit that are not on the lease, then that is also breach of contract and you have grounds to evict them.
How does breaking a lease affect your credit score?
An apartment lease is not a mortgage, so your landlord doesn’t report payment activity to the credit bureaus. But if you break your lease, that can trigger a mark on your credit history, much like a delinquent loan would. This could affect your credit score because all judgments are entered into public record.
Do I have to pay the rest of my lease if I get evicted?
In most places in the U.S., if you are evicted for cause (i.e. you are in non-compliance with some term in the lease), you are still on the hook for the rent, until the unit is re-rented. And then, until the landlord re-rents the property to someone else, you’re liable for continuing to pay the rent.
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