New York, NY asked in Landlord - Tenant for Indiana

Q: My tenants lied about moving out if state to break lease - am I stuck?

They had just signed an 18 mo. lease (2nd lease) and then lied about accepting a job offer in DC and it would create a hardship if they couldn't get out of the lease. I just found out they never moved and just wanted out of the lease. Am I stuck without recourse?

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Michael R. Smith
Michael R. Smith
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Based only on the facts you've given, it appears that you likely have a claim against the former tenants for fraud. I recommend you see an attorney to discuss the facts in more detail and to discuss the remedies you might have available to you. Take a copy of the lease with you and copies of any written communciations -- including email -- that you have with the former tenants, particularly anything in which they told you about the out-of-state job.

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