How can I get released from my lease agreement?
September 3, 2013 6:13 PM Subscribe
When I moved into my apartment with my roommate, the manager at the time said we could remove or add roommates as we pleased and could even add a roommate and remove ourselves off the lease completely if we wanted to move away before the lease was up, so long as we notified the manager and signed a form.
I am considering moving out before the lease ends. We now have a new manager and when I checked with her, she says this is not true, that I cannot be removed from the lease at all even if my roommate agrees to it. However, I looked over my lease and it seems to say that I absolutely CAN do that, as long as everyone agrees. (See extended for the exact lease quote.)
posted by brista to law & government (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My lease expires January 2014. For a variety of reasons, moving out would be the best choice for me and I cannot wait another six months to do it.
When I looked over my lease, it says this:
"OCCUPANCY. The Tenant agrees that only those persons listed below shall occupy the Premises:
[[[ My Name; My Rooomate's Name]]]
No person shall be released from the covenants of the Lease without first obtaining the written agreement of the other tenants and/or cosigners Set forth herein and written approval of changes from the Landlord. If such changes are agreed upon, all parties herein agree to make the necessary changes to the Lease before changes are valid."
To me, this says that so long as my roommate agrees and the manager signs off, I am allowed to take myself off the lease and "be released" from the legal obligations of the lease. I didn't have my lease in hand when I called the manager (I was at work) so I wasn't able to refer to the exact language when I talked to her. She said that I am legally responsible for the rent until the lease expires in January and there is no option to add/remove a person. She said that's "corporate policy."
Am I misinterpreting or is she being difficult? I know You Are Not My Lawyer, but any insights? Help me get out of this place! I hate it.