Miami, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: Hello. My boyfriend is in a 12 month lease for a house that ends in January 31, 2024. He lost his job March 3, 2023.

Can he break the lease and not be penalized since he is not currently employed? Below I pasted the relevant part of the contract:

Termination of Lease Contract: Property Manager does not allow for the early termination of the Lease Contract unless mandated by state or federal law. If Resident vacates the Property prior to the end of the term, the Resident remains responsible for the rental amount on the Property until the earlier of (i) the end of the lease term or (ii) a new and qualified resident (approved by, and leased to directly from the Property Manager) moves into the Property

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1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No, he cannot breach the lease contract without consequences. In general, he will be obligated for the monthly payments until a new tenant can sign a lease and start making payments. He probably should contact the landlord (or property manager), explain that he cannot continue to make the payments, and invite the landlord to find a new tenant.

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