Bastrop, LA asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana

Q: Am I required to pay a termination of lease if someone else lives in the unit that I was supposed to be renting.

I signed a lease and paid deposit and first month rent. Next day I told the landlord I wasn't interested anymore. She said if she get someone in the house unit within 3 months that I will be off the hook. She rented the house the very next month. New tenant was living there. I checked my credit report and it says I'm in collections for almost $5000. When talked to the landlord about it she says it was a lease termination fee and not accelerated rent. I never received a bill or anything informing me of this bill. She says I never gave her a notice that I was moving. But if that's the case why was she already completing paperwork for another tenant for the same house unit. That new tenant was in there the next month, but she said she didn't have notice. If she didn't get the notice wouldn't it be illegal to move someone in my living space and do paperwork on the same unit? The company suffered no losses so why was charged a termination fee?

1 Lawyer Answer
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Check your lease for a lease termination fee. Send notice of your termination by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by fax to the landlord.

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