Q: I notified landlord in writing to terminate lease due to domestic violence and threats And was told I had to pay a year.
I emailed notification in writing to landlord and leasing firm within 3 days of signing lease that I was threatened by a man to sign the lease in my name so he could live there. I sent record of this mans criminal felony background. Leasing agent and landlord responded with I had to pay a full year of the lease -$26,000. I was not aware of CO landlord tenant law regarding domestic violence. 6 weeks after signing lease, a major crime was committed on property and I am held liable.
A: I am sorry to hear about your situation. Typically a landlord would want to see a protection order against the other occupant on the lease to establish the grounds for release from the lease based on domestic violence. A report of unrelated felonies would not provide sufficient grounds from release from the lease. You may want to consult with an attorney with regards to whether you have grounds to file for a protection order against the person who coerced you into signing the lease.
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