Should I try to get out of this lease?
December 21, 2013 4:16 AM Subscribe
I recently signed a lease on a new apartment that I'm supposed to move into on January 16. Now, I'm having serious second thoughts and trying to figure out if I should talk to the owner about getting out of the lease. I paid a deposit, but don't mind forfeiting that.
I've been looking for a new place for the last four months, ever since new neighbors moved in upstairs. I have insomnia, though my sleep had been ok earlier in the year; it got much worse, though, because the new neighbors are frequently up late talking loudly. Even smaller sounds, like their footsteps on the hardwood floor above me, started to bother me. It's been a huge problem because I haven't slept well essentially since they moved in, and though I tried to talk with them, I definitely want to move.
posted by three_red_balloons to Home & Garden (17 answers total)
I hoped to move right away (i.e. by October), and got permission to leave my current lease early. But the market here (East Bay in the Bay Area) is insane, and after countless applications, I hadn't found a place. Finally, I found a place where the woman essentially offered me the apartment on the spot, and though I found that a bit strange, I took it, feeling desperate. I have to be out by the end of the month, and was increasingly feeling like I'd never find anything.
The apartment's charming, but it's on the first floor. I learned that the next door neighbor goes to bed early, but wakes up at 2am to get ready for work. I'm afraid that might wake me, and also afraid that the normal sounds of people walking around upstairs will be a problem, especially because I like to go to sleep earlier than usual (and it seems like if I miss a certain window, I just can't fall asleep...also wake up easily to small sounds).
Initially, the landlady had only asked me for a deposit, not to sign the lease, but since she offered me the apt immediately (and in the moment I felt I needed some proof that I was actually getting the place) I asked to sign the lease. This was last week.
Should I try to get out of this lease, and if so, how? (Note that if needed I can temporarily stay with family while I keep looking for a new place). What am I liable for if I haven't moved in yet?