Have you ever clicked on the “LINKS” tab located in the upper right hand corner of this page? You’ll find a ton of great links there.
The one I want to talk about now is the National Landlord Tenant Guides. This is a FABULOUS site for landlord/tenant laws.
I recently used it again, this time to see if tenants are allowed to simply call and tell me they’ll “be out by the weekend.” That’s better, of course, than when they don’t say they’re leaving or when they simply don’t pay and we have to go through the eviction process, but I did wonder when it happened again recently. I’m pretty lenient with anyone who has been a good tenant and a good payer, but I want to know my rights as the landlord.
So, I searched the tab on the links section of my site and here’s what I discovered:
Abandonment of Lease:
“The lease is a contract between the landlord and the tenant. The tenant can get out of the lease only if the lease itself allows the tenant to do so and the tenant follows the procedures laid out in the lease. For example, the lease may permit the tenant to move out simply by giving notice thirty days in advance.
But there is no law that allows tenants to abandon any lease just by giving a notice thirty days in advance.
If the tenant abandons the premises prior to the expiration of the lease, the tenant will still have to pay rent every month until the landlord rents the premises to another tenant or the lease expires. This is called mitigating damages – the landlord is damaged when you break the lease until they re-rent the unit – for the same price, more or less.”
Clear and easy to understand. I love this site. It’s packed with information.
Have you used this site? Please tell me what you think of it.