Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: I am renting (with 3 months left on my lease) but am in the process of purchasing a home. I have requested to vacate the rental property early but will pay all remaining rent. Question: can the landlord legally require me to maintain the rental property (thru the lease date) even after I’ve paid all rent and vacated the property?

Answer: Although ordinarily the answer is no, the specific rights and responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant in most situations depend at least in part on what the original rental agreement says. A tenant who wants to vacate a rented dwelling early may wish to communicate that intention with the landlord in writing and ask the landlord to confirm in writing what the tenant must do in order to be sure to comply with the rental agreement.

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  • I am renting (with 3 months left on my lease) but am in the process of purchasing a home. I have requested to vacate the rental property early but will pay all remaining rent. Question: can the landlord legally require me to maintain the rental property (thru the lease date) even after I’ve paid all rent and vacated the property?

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