Portland, OR asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Can a tenant break a commercial lease?

I rent a space for $1050 per month for my business and my lease lasts 5 years. I found a better space I want to move to. I need to break my lease to move to a new location

1 Lawyer Answer
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Sure a tenant can break a commercial lease - but they will continue to owe the rent until the sooner of either the lease expires by its own terms or a new tenant takes over renting the space (presumably for at least as much rent). If you can bring a new, replacement tenant, that might solve the whole issue. Or you most likely are free to sublet to a replacement tenant. You would still be on the hook if that subtenant doesn't pay or if they damage things but to the extent that they perform as they are suppose to, you would not be incurring the monthly expense.

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