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Had anyone ever successfully broken an apartment lease in CA Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Jul '12

Looking for a little advice... Pm me if you have done this before. Thank you!

3 kids; nowhere, ca, United States 46959 posts
11th Jul '12

what do you need to know?

WeenieMachine 3 kids; Japan 27915 posts
11th Jul '12

It was years and years ago and cost us an additional almost $2,000.

Super Mommy! Due July 31; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Costa Mesa, California 9084 posts
status 11th Jul '12

The only way to break a lease without penalty in CA is to find a tenant to take over the remainder of your lease, so that their is no break. Even then, your landlord would have to background and income check the new tenant and accept them and you would be responsible for finding said tenant.
ETA: this is the only way to get your deposit back with leaving early.

3 kids; nowhere, ca, United States 46959 posts
11th Jul '12
Quoting #3 is on the way!:" The only way to break a lease without penalty in CA is to find a tenant to take over the remainder of ... [snip!] ... would have to background and income check the new tenant and accept them and you would be responsible for finding said tenant."


not necessarily

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Alissa (lissapfa):</b>" what do you need to know?"</blockquote>




I want to know how exactly I go about it... I am reading about writing a letter to the landlord to fix the problems.. I am pretty sure he won't (he has not so far, but we have not put anything in writing yet.) so I want to know what happens after that. When can we legally move after writing a letter for the problems to be fixed and waiting for him to fix them (which like I said probably won't happen.)

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting #3 is on the way!:</b>" The only way to break a lease without penalty in CA is to find a tenant to take over the remainder of ... [snip!] ... and you would be responsible for finding said tenant. ETA: this is the only way to get your deposit back with leaving early."</blockquote>




I was reading that you can legally break the lease if the apartment was deemed inhabitable, which I believe it is.

3 kids; nowhere, ca, United States 46959 posts
11th Jul '12
Quoting Sarah2705:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Alissa (lissapfa):</b>" what do you need to know?"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... after writing a letter for the problems to be fixed and waiting for him to fix them (which like I said probably won't happen.)"


i will pm you... I might be able to call my law office also.. give me a min

Super Mommy! Due July 31; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Costa Mesa, California 9084 posts
status 11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sarah2705:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Alissa (lissapfa):</b>" what do you need to know?"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... after writing a letter for the problems to be fixed and waiting for him to fix them (which like I said probably won't happen.)"</blockquote>




Depends what it is. You can look up the actual regulations by searching for tenant acts of California. I remember the have a certain amount of days depending on what it is. But you should definitely make a copy of your maintenance work up as proof of an actual date.

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting #3 is on the way!:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sarah2705:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Alissa ... [snip!] ... of days depending on what it is. But you should definitely make a copy of your maintenance work up as proof of an actual date."</blockquote>




Yeah I'm pretty sure the reasons do qualify I'm more concerned about the number of days after the letter we can move without penalty.. Trust me this isn't by choice but it seems like the last option we have.

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Alissa (lissapfa):</b>" i will pm you... I might be able to call my law office also.. give me a min"</blockquote>




Thank you very much!

Super Mommy! Due July 31; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Costa Mesa, California 9084 posts
status 11th Jul '12

What is it that needs to be fixed?

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting #3 is on the way!:</b>" What is it that needs to be fixed?"</blockquote>




Roach infestation in entire building as well as other stuff but he bug problem is the main thing.

Super Mommy! Due July 31; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Costa Mesa, California 9084 posts
status 11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sarah2705:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting #3 is on the way!:</b>" What is it that needs to be fixed?"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... Roach infestation in entire building as well as other stuff but he bug problem is the main thing."</blockquote>




In your actual apartment or the building/dwelling?

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Jul '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting #3 is on the way!:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sarah2705:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting #3 is on ... [snip!] ... as other stuff but he bug problem is the main thing."</blockquote> In your actual apartment or the building/dwelling?"</blockquote>




Our apartment as well as all neighbors we spoke to and I've seen them in the walkways. Gross huh?