Is there any way around this?
I'm trying to get out of my lease early -- it ends August 31st, and I'd like to be out by June 31st. (My sister's lease also ends August 31st, and our parents need to help us both move... and we live in 2 different states. Also, they will be out of the country on vacation through the end of July - beginning of August, so ending on July 31st wouldn't help.) I explained the situation to the building manager, and I was told that I can get out with 30 days notice -- if I pay them a month's rent. I realize that I'm asking to break my contract, so it's not unreasonable for them to expect me to pay. But, like everyone else in this community, I certainly don't have money to burn, and my new rent is $200 MORE than the old, so this really doesn't seem like a good option. I could extend the lease through Sept. 31st, but that's the last thing I want to do. (I'm also a little worried about not being able to get into the new complex, as I can't put down a security deposit or anything until 8 weeks before I'm scheduled to move -- and you may recall my post about the pet negotiations, so I don't want to push it back farther and farther until the new landlord forgets our agreement). The thing is, right off the top of my head, I can think of 2 good examples of the complex not keeping THEIR end of the bargain. For one, heat is included in the rent... and despite the local housing authority's requirement that it be 68 degrees all winter, I was lucky if my apartment reached 60 on some days. I complained several times, and they usually came in, bled the heaters (which did nothing) and then told me there was nothing else they could do. For another thing, maintenance waltzes in whenever they damn well please -- the concept of "24 hours notice" is lost on them. Last time, they sent out a notice stating that maintenance would be there "Monday or Tuesday of this week"... nobody showed up, and they came in a week later, unannounced. I complained to the office about that, too -- if I'm not expecting anyone to come in, I often have personal information out on my desk, etc. Does this sort of thing give me any leverage, or am I screwed because I didn't actually REPORT them to the housing authority at the time? If I absolutely had to, I could use my emergency savings to pay the extra month's rent... but that definitely doesn't seem like a poor skill. :( I really don't know what to do.