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Subject: Re: Son leaving Apt. lease early Date: 12/2/2013 7:57 PM
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Suppose someone signs a lease for a year and moves out after a month. Should a landlord be able to keep the place vacant and charge the tenant for a twelve months rent?

The answer is --- no. the landlord has an obligation to re rent the apartment as quickly as he reasonably can, and the obligation of the tenant to pay rent under the lease goes away when a new tenant starts paying rent.

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but the tenant may be required to pay all expenses associated with finding a new tenant and responsible for the time the property is vacant.

If there are damages or the rent isn't paid, then the landlord can sue for total payment from any of the tenants. The landlord isn't bound by agreements between tenants.

Overall, it is a mess.

You have repeated stated that people should be responsible for the contracts they sign. He needs to explore his options and carefully extract himself from the situation. He needs to make certain that he resolves his legal responsibilities. They are 2/3rds of the way through the lease. Given the fees that can be charged for breaking a lease, it may be cheaper to let the lease run it term.
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