Q: I gave 60 days notice to terminate my lease but my landlord says that was insufficient is is trying to force us to stay?
Signed a lease in July 2014 with a written end date of July 2015. Terms stated lease does automatically renew unless 60 days notice is given. We have never signed a new lease renewal. I gave my landlord 60 days notice that I want to leave on January 31, 2020, but they are claiming we are breaking the lease as this is prior to July 2020. Is this legal? What can they technically do to us if we turn in our keys on January 31st and stop paying rent?
A: The 60 days notice is required to terminate the lease at its normal expiration date, July 2020, and not have it auto renew. You will have to negotiate an early termination with landlord on whatever terms landlord will accept. Landlord is under no obligation to terminate early. The lease is a contract. You are responsible for rent through the end of July. If you leave early, landlord can file an eviction and sue you for unpaid rent. An eviction is permanent public record that can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks, even years later. Landlord can also make an adverse entry on your credit report, lowering your credit score which a landlord can also check. Try to negotiate an early termination with landlord to avoid all that.
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