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Nov 20, 2013
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Lease break

Hey RFD,

I was wondering what happens when a tenant breaks a 1 year lease?
What happens to their last months rent.? A tenant of mine Is breaking the lease 6 months in and wants to use their last month deposit .

On the government provided lease agreement it even says I would need a 60 Day notice...
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Oct 21, 2013
214 posts
waterloo, on
So technically, a tenant cannot break a lease. If they do, you can sue them in small claims court and ask for the rent owed for rest of the year.

But is it worth your time ? Can you ask him to find a sublet ? Or can you find a new tenant yourself quickly ?
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Mar 27, 2004
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You can get a court order. garnish their wages.
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Aug 11, 2005
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oasis100 wrote: You can get a court order. garnish their wages.
Lol good luck
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Feb 29, 2008
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How well did you screen this tenant?
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Jan 8, 2011
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You're better off starting by sending a lawyer's letter to this tenant, threatening legal action, rather than taking formal steps. Hopefully he can give an extra month's rent and you can find a new tenant.

In your favor, the rent may have gone up in your area during the past 6-12 months.
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Jul 20, 2003
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I am on exact same situation . Tenant leaving end of June but i found a new tenant moving in on July 15Th. So I assume the old tenant is responsible for the 15 days that I got vacant? Anything else I can get compensated for? I did spend money advertising and screening of new tenants.
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Nov 14, 2016
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If they broke the lease, technically they are responsible to pay you for the remaining part of the lease but like others have mentioned, you will have to go to the court so you will have to decide if it is worth it for you. It also depends on what kinda relationship you had with the tenant and the reason why the tenant is breaking the lease.

I would say talk to them and explain them their legal obligation and tell them that if you are not able to find a tenant for the month after they leave, they should pay the difference so that you don't lose any money due to them breaking a contract or else you will have to take the legal route.


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