Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: I have been offered a position in ND and my wife will be caring for her grandmother in ND. My lease is not up til Feb but we really need to move now. Can I break my lease? I rent an apt. How much notice is required? My lease says 60 days.

Answer: A tenant may face penalties for breaking the lease early outside of a few specific circumstances laid out in the Landlord Tenant Act.  The two main reasons for breaking a lease early that can’t be penalized are those relating to domestic violence or military service.  If a tenant ends a lease early, the landlord may charge the tenant for the remainder of the lease until he/she re-rents the unit.  Additionally, if there are any damages to the unit the landlord may charge tenants accordingly.


For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, visit: https://www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/TenantRightsResponsibilities.pdf

For the full text of the Landlord Tenant Act, visit: http://www.maricopacountyattorney.org/pdfs/community/Residential-Landlord-Tenant-Act.pdf

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  • I have been offered a position in ND and my wife will be caring for her grandmother in ND. My lease is not up til Feb but we really need to move now. Can I break my lease? I rent an apt. How much notice is required? My lease says 60 days.

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