As your living circumstances change, it may be necessary to break your lease. The law allows for this, but you've got to be careful because the landlord could try to hold you responsible for the remaining rent under the rental agreement.
At the Law Offices of James Coy Driscoll, in the Bay Area, we offer skilled and straightforward guidance in these situations. Contact us online or call (415) 523-5591 to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer.
Protecting Your Rights As A Renter
In many situations, breaking a lease will allow a landlord to increase the rent for the next tenant. But if the landlord ends up renting the unit to someone at a lower price than what you paid, you may be liable for the difference for the balance of your lease term.
This is why it's important to be aware of your legal rights. Under section 1941 of the California Civil Code, a landlord has a duty to ensure that various conditions of habitability and tenantability are met.
These conditions include providing proper plumbing and heating fixtures, as well as adequate maintenance of common areas.
If your landlord fails to rectify substandard conditions, it may be possible to break your lease without penalty by claiming constructive eviction. We can also help you pursue money damages for living in such conditions. We employ a private housing inspector who has extensive experience inspecting properties throughout the Bay Area.
As a tenant, you have rights. We can help you fight to protect them. Contact us online or call (415) 523-5591 for a free telephone consultation to discuss your case with a skilled attorney.