What Are Your Rights When a Landlord Wants to Break a Lease?
March 11, 2013 9:56 AM Subscribe
Asking for a couple of friends living in Washington, D.C. They signed a lease and put down security deposits to rent a two-bedroom condo with move in on Saturday. The guy just called them and said that he's changed his mind, and he doesn't want to rent the place anymore and he is currently living there. What can they do about it since they haven't actually moved in yet?
posted by forkisbetter to Law & Government (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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I've already tried looking around on the DC tenant's website, but I haven't yet found anything about what you do when it's the landlord rather than the tenant who wants to pre-maturely break the lease.
-Can the landlord even do this? He threatened to lawyer up, but not sure what claim he could possibly have.
-Is it even worth it to go through legal trouble if he is willing to pay back full deposits as well as whatever costs they've incurred? I feel like the landlord has already shown himself to be pretty nutty, and I would be very hesitant to move in at this point myself.
-The dude has their deposits, so unless he gives them back expediently they won't be able to fork out for a new place. Would getting their deposits back from the guy do anything to void their lease/claim to incurred expenses from the landlord?
-The guy is still currently living there, so what to do about that if he doesn't want to move out? Could he be evicted?