Breaking a lease, but dammit I have finals
November 10, 2010 10:16 PM Subscribe
I want to break my lease, but I also want to stay on good terms with my landlord. How do I best explain why I want to leave, but not burn any bridges with the landlord?
posted by shinyshiny to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 2 months into a year long lease. I've decided I need a new place, because my current one isn't quiet or safe.
Current place is a granny flat. Because of the property arrangement, let's just say I know a bit too much about my neighbors. There's been some crime recently that has left me a bit freaked out. I'm losing sleep because I don't feel safe, and because of noisy neighbors. It's never quiet enough to study. The variety of oakie-fixes are no longer cute (plywood covering the gap between the windowpane and window-A/C is one).
I'm in school, so sleep and a quiet place are my top priorities (besides free food). I plan on moving in late January, when I have time and money.
What is the best way to word why I want out? Landlord has so far been decent, but I still need him as a reference. Should I do this in writing? 30 or 60 day notice?
Relevant: I'm in San Diego. Landlord is off site. Rent is cheap, and place is close to many things 20-ish people like (which is why I picked it). I can break the lease if I find a new tenant, and I'm very sure I won't have trouble with that.