Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: I just signed another year lease. My company is moving the office to another state, so I'm losing my job. I was told I could get out of my lease. Can I get a letter from my company stating they are moving the office out of state (more that 50 miles) and present it to the landlord, and they will have to let me out of my lease, she said this is Az. law. Is this True?

Answer:

Under Arizona law the only circumstance in which a tenant can break or terminate a lease early is when the landlord has failed to maintain the premises in a safe and habitable condition.

The law you may have heard of is the Service Members Civil Relief Act which is a Federal Law allowing military members to terminate a lease upon receipt of orders to deploy for at least 90 days. Your lease agreement may allow for breaking the lease early if certain conditions are met but Arizona law does not provide for automatic lease termination for a non-military move.

Solutions to problems can often be found through communication. Talk to your landlord about the problem and she/he may let you break the lease.

Comments:

On 9/20/07
connie said
I leased an apartment and my boyfriend moved in. He was not on the lease. We separated. I should not have to pay $7000.00 when I didn't live there. Services not received.

On 8/16/07
janelle said
what happens when someone can no longer afford to pay rent bc of a roommate leaving and the primary losing work..there is no lease break and there is about 8,000 remaining on this lease.. any help?

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  • I just signed another year lease. My company is moving the office to another state, so I'm losing my job. I was told I could get out of my lease. Can I get a letter from my company stating they are moving the office out of state (more that 50 miles) and present it to the landlord, and they will have to let me out of my lease, she said this is Az. law. Is this True?

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