Alexandria, VA asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Military Law for Virginia

Q: I live in VA and retired from the military. I have a DD214, and my home of record is Texas. Can I break my lease?

I have the SCRA clause in my lease.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: The SCRA limits anyone from taking a judgment against a service member when he or she is called to active duty. Unless you share the lease for review -- which you should not do in an open on-line forum -- I have no idea what your SCRA clause says, but I would take a wild guess that it has nothing to do with a service member who is retired whether honorably or otherwise on a DD214. Like anyone else, you need a lease review to determine your liabilities if you break your lease unless you are returning to active duty.

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