Portland, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Can landlord charge early lease termination fee on top of my current rent?

They are charging me 1.5x of the rent as termination fee ON TOP OF my current rent, which is total of 2.5x of my monthly rent for just one month. They are keep telling me that the rent is not included in the termination fee, but as my knowledge and experience, they shouldn't be charging me the fee on top of my rent... Am I wrong or my landlord is incorrect?

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

A: Sorry but unless you have the most unusual written lease that I've ever seen, your landlord is correct. You didn't need to provide the 30 days notice (though it is undoubtedly appreciated) but the standard lease break penalty is 1 1\2 months rent. You owe rent for every day you are in possession of the dwelling plus, if you are terminating a fixed term lease early, an extra month and a half rent. In your version, you would only be paying the last months rent plus a half month rent as penalty.

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