Colorado Springs, CO asked in Domestic Violence and Real Estate Law for Colorado

Q: Am I able to break a lease if I didn't file a police report or request a restraining order?

My husband attacked me on Nov. 29th, I didn't contact authorities bc I felt this would further trigger him and he is very unstable. I have been secretly packing and planning to move but our lease is in both of our names. I could afford the townhome we rent without him, but he would not meet the credit/income requirements for solo tenancy at this time. Am I able to break the lease legally, and move, for my own safety without remaining legally responsible financially? We paid first/last/deposit totaling 3 months rent when we moved in 10 years ago, there are 5 or 6 months remaining on the lease.

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Sabra M. Janko
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: I am sorry to hear about your situation. You would have to provide the landlord with some evidence of the domestic violence. Typically this comes in the form of a protection order. If you are still in fear of imminent harm, then you can still apply for a protection order.

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