Break Your Lease Without Breaking the Law

Break Your Lease Without Breaking the Law

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Break Your Lease Without Breaking the Law

, 6th Edition

Need to move out of your rental, but feeling stuck because you signed a lease? Learn the five legal ways to walk away from a residential lease without running afoul of the landlord or the law. In plain English, this ebook explains the ins and outs of getting out, including how to:

  • get the landlord to cancel the lease
  • terminate the lease by finding a new tenant
  • sublet

See below for a full description.

Product Details

There are five legal ways to walk away from a residential lease without getting into legal trouble--and owing rent after you move. Here are clear explanations of each one, including how to:

  • get the landlord to cancel the lease
  • terminate the lease by finding a new tenant
  • assign the lease to someone else
  • sublet

Included Forms
  • Termination of Lease
  • Consent to Assignment of Lease

About the Author

  • Janet Portman, Attorney

    Janet Portman joined Nolo in 1994 and is the Executive Editor. She has a Bachelor’s degree (Honors Humanities, Phi Beta Kappa) and Master’s degree (Religious Studies) from Stanford University, and a law degree from Santa Clara University of Law. Her first job was with the California State Public Defender, where she handled criminal appeals for indigent clients and spent six months trying cases for the Alameda County Public Defender. She successfully argued a case before the California Supreme Court. (People v. Woodard, 23 Cal.3d 329 (1979).) Janet is an active member of the California State Bar.

    Work at Nolo. After taking some time away from the law to raise her family, Janet joined Nolo as part of the team writing the company’s first national landlord-tenant book, Every Landlord’s Legal Guide. She has authored or coauthored many books since then: Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Renters' Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and California Tenants' Rights.  Drawing on her days as a “PD,” Janet also contributes to the criminal law sections of Nolo’s websites.

    Janet has contributed commentary to major media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, Kiplinger’s, and The New York Times. For many years she was a nationally-syndicated columnist, writing “Rent It Right” every week.

    Why Nolo? Joining Nolo was a natural next step after the public defender’s office. Janet went from helping indigent criminal defendants to educating people about everyday civil law—how to understand it, apply it, and stay away from entanglements in the court system. She takes pride in writing books for both landlords and tenants, without bias. The best compliment she ever received came from a landlord who, having read Every Tenant's Legal Guide, said, “I wish all my tenants would read this—I’d have way fewer problems!”

Table of Contents

  • A. Getting the Landlord to Cancel the Lease
  • B. Terminating the Lease and Providing a New Tenant
  • C. Assigning Your Lease
  • D. Subletting Your Home Temporarily
  • E. Breaking the Lease

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