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Breaking lease (by Annoyed Tenant [NV]) Dec 23, 2016 2:36 PM
       Breaking lease (by Gail K [GA]) Dec 23, 2016 3:51 PM
       Breaking lease (by mike [MO]) Dec 23, 2016 5:28 PM
       Breaking lease (by Arlene [MD]) Dec 23, 2016 8:12 PM
       Breaking lease (by OP [NV]) Dec 24, 2016 2:05 AM
       Breaking lease (by Vee [OH]) Dec 24, 2016 5:21 AM
       Breaking lease (by S i d [MO]) Dec 24, 2016 8:16 AM

Breaking lease (by Annoyed Tenant [NV]) Posted on: Dec 23, 2016 2:36 PM

State Specific Question About: NEVADA (NV)

In August I looked at a townhome that I was interested in. The people had just moved out an hour before our viewing so it still needed cleaning. We were assured that would be done before move in.

Once we signed the lease and got the keys, however, it was evident the place had NOT been cleaned. We contacted the property management company and let them know the place reeked like a pet store and that there was urine/feces spots/stains? on the tile and on the stairway carpeting. I sent pictures of the urine stained grout, as well. The company sounded apologetic and assured us they would send someone out or that we could break our lease, which was not really an option at this point as we had started school and had family come from out of state to help move all our stuff. We told them we didn't want to break it, just wanted it fixed. (Which they seemed fine with).

Well, it is now December, they claimed they had someone come over an clean the floor back in September (while we were out?) but the carpet was bone dry that same night when we got home and the floor was still dirty. When confronted they admitted that the cleaning company had rescheduled and would be coming another day... another day never came and I cleaned the floor myself and we have dealt with the stench with candles/scentsy/constant carpet powder/windows open/etc. Now that it is winter, having the heater on just amplifies the stench and we can't stand it. Plus with many problems with the property company in between then and now, we'd like to take them up on their offer of breaking the lease/being rehomed.

How should we approach them about this? If they deny us in breaking the lease is there any action we can take? Will this affect our credit? We didn't want to have to go this route and were hoping that they would fix the things that were promised but at this point it is more hassle than it's worth...

Breaking lease (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Dec 23, 2016 3:51 PM

Legally the option to break the lease was on the table back in August. You declined this option back then.

Is there a lease break clause in your lease?


Breaking lease (by mike [MO]) Posted on: Dec 23, 2016 5:28 PM

have the carpet cleaned and house cleaned. its cheaper than the cost of moving

Breaking lease (by Arlene [MD]) Posted on: Dec 23, 2016 8:12 PM

That's a really bad testimony for your landlord/mgmt co. Personally, as a landlord, I don't want unhappy people in my homes. If someone told me they wanted to break their lease, I would let them. It sounds like you have good reason. My homes are spic and span clean when I move someone in. I've never had a complaint that a place was dirty (because they aren't). Good luck....I'd just tell them what you've told us. I wouldn't think there would be a problem.

Breaking lease (by OP [NV]) Posted on: Dec 24, 2016 2:05 AM

So random unrelated update.. we are having our first rainstorm since we moved into this house.. and the roof is leaking water from the AC vent onto the 2nd floor carpet! There is some faulty electricity on the 2nd floor (there are 3 switches for the hallway lights, they randomly stop/start working and you often get shocked when flipping the switch). We are going out of state today for the holiday but hopefully the rain + bad electric doesn't cause any problems!

Breaking lease (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Dec 24, 2016 5:21 AM

This scenario does not represent most owners/managers of rental homes, having the photos is helpful, send a new set with next rent payment asking to get assistance in both the carpet and water damages.

Breaking lease (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Dec 24, 2016 8:16 AM

Hello, welcome to mr. Landlord. Keep in mind this is a website for landlords, and while we are a helpful and friendly bunch, we tend to look out for those who have our same issues. All that said I agree it sounds like you were not treated fairly. However, breaking a lease is a very serious issue. All of the things you have mentioned here would need to be proved in court to avoid being held liable for the lease. Can you prove, without a reasonable doubt, that everything you have told us here is true? Do you have records of conversations with dates and times, do you have transcripts of the voice conversations. If not, it will be very challenging to prove what was said and what was expected. It will be a case of he-said she-said. So my advice to you is to look for an amicable resolution between you and your landlord. If you stay in the property, you are basically accepting it in its condition, even though that was not what was promised to you. I understand the hassles and the frustrations of moving, but everyday you stay put means another day of accepting what was offered to you. This is not meant as an offense to you or a criticism, but when you get into a court of law everything comes down to proof.

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